They get their season under way in September with a match against Czech Republic at Shrewsbury Town’s Greenhous Meadow.
And new coach Downing has selected a 20-man squad for the game, which takes place on Monday 7 September following an earlier game against the same opposition at St. George’s Park.
England v Czech Republic
International U20 Match
7.30pm, Monday 7 September 2015
Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury Town FC
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The squad contains a number of names who featured for last season’s U19s squad, several players who had been capped at U18 level, along with some new faces.
Defender Mason Holgate, who joined Everton from Barnsley this summer, is included in a Three Lions squad for the first time.
Sheffield United forward Che Adams is also selected and will be hoping to finally pull on an England shirt having previously been called up for England C in November 2014 when he was playing for Ilkeston Town.
He was then snapped up by the Blades, before he had chance to feature in their win over Estonia in Halifax.
Southampton forward Ryan Seager also becomes the latest player from the Saints youth academy to receive international recognition with his maiden call-up.
"There is a wide range of talent within the squad and it is up to us to try and push them and to give them opportunities," said Downing.
"The primary objective during this meet up has been to get to know the players as well as possible.
"We have been given seven days together so it’s important we utilise that time well and get to know them as individuals."
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Goalkeepers: Ted Smith (Southend United), Russell Griffiths (Everton)
Defenders: Ashley Smith Brown (Manchester City), Ola Aina (Chelsea), Mason Holgate (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Reece Burke (Bradford City, loan from West Ham), Kean Bryan (Manchester City), Bryn Morris (Coventry City, loan from Middlesbrough)
Midfielders: Aaron Kuhl (Reading), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United), Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool), Reece Brown (Birmingham City), Demarai Gray (Birmingham City)
Forwards: Brandon Barker (Manchester City), Alex Gilliead (Newcastle United), Ryan Kent (Liverpool), Che Adams (Sheffield United), Ryan Seager (Southampton)