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Coach Paul Simpson explains picks for games against Portugal, France and Senegal

England U20s squad selected

Thursday 16 Mar 2017
England Under-20s will play Portugal, France and Senegal this month

Coach Paul Simpson has named two new faces in his England Under-20s squad for their forthcoming mini-tournament in France.

The Young Lions are set to take on Portugal, France and Senegal over a seven-day period as preparations for the summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup intensify.

Defender Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, who has made 25 starts in League One with Charlton Athletic this season, has been named in an England squad for the first time.

While Brentford left-back Rico Henry makes the move from the Under-19s.

England Under-20s
  • v Portugal, Thursday 23 March 2017
  • v France, Saturday 25 March 2017
  • v Senegal, Tuesday 28 March 2017
  • Brittany, France

Ryan Ledson of Oxford United is back in the fold for the first time since September, while Lewis Cook returns to the 22-man party having missed November’s Continental Cup matches.

Simpson said: “A couple in the squad have not been regulars, but I’ve called up Ezri Konsa who has been a regular in the Charlton Athletic defence lately, so he’s getting a lot of League One football.

“Rico Henry, from Brentford, has been in the squad before, but he has been injured, so it gives us an opportunity to have a look at some new faces. 

“We’re limited to taking 22 players in this competition and I have a list of 48 names who could all come in. 

“So it’s been a really tough task to stick on 22, but I’ve said to those not involved for now that they need to keep working and push their way back in.”

With the chance to play three other nations set to join them at the World Cup in Korea this summer, Simpson is eagerly anticipating a week of discovery, and he takes charge of the team for the first time.

He added: “All four teams are in the Finals and we’re trying to replicate the World Cup format, in terms of the time between days and travelling away as a group.

“We want to develop players all the time and we want them to have a winning mentality as well, to get into the habit of winning games consistently.

“But winning will not be the be all and end all in France, it’s about assessing the dynamic between the players, and also between the players and the staff.”

Squad:
Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Luke Southwood (Reading), Freddie Woodman (Kilmarnock, on loan from Newcastle United), Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), Callum Connolly (Wigan, on loan from Everton), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Rico Henry (Brentford), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton)*, Fikayo Tomori (Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan from Chelsea), Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur)**, Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Ryan Ledson (Oxford), Ainsley Maitland Niles (Arsenal), Joshua Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Armstrong (Barnsley, on loan from Newcastle United), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Patrick Roberts (Celtic, on loan at Manchester City), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea)

 

*Josh Sims (Southampton) has replaced Ezri Konsa Ngoyo due to injury

**Max Lowe (Derby County) has replaced Kyle Walker-Peters due to injury

By FA Staff