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England boss Steve Cooper says his team will be ready to face Iraq at U17 World Cup

Friday 13 Oct 2017
Young Lions boss Steve Cooper is prepared for a test of his team against Iraq on Saturday

Steve Cooper takes England into their final U17 World Cup group game on Saturday, with top spot up for grabs.

The Young Lions take on Iraq in Kolkata, knowing that if they avoid defeat then they will head into the knock-out stages as group winners.

England v Iraq
  • FIFA U17 World Cup
  • 3.30pm, Saturday 14 October
  • Kolkata, India
  • Live on Eurosport

And despite impressive victories over Chile and Mexico in their first two matches in India, the head coach knows Iraq will prove just as hard following their 3-0 win over the Chileans and an opening game draw with Mexico.

“Iraq will be different again and a difficult one,” said Cooper.

“They got a point against an excellent Mexico team which shows their quality and their strengths.

“We know we’re in a tough group, with a variety of opposition and having already played against Chile and Mexico, they’ve both given us different tests.

“We will not be under-estimating anybody in this tournament.”

Iraq arrived at the competition having won the AFC U16 championships last season, when they were heralded as one of the world's best teams in this age group.

And following their results so far, Cooper is working hard to make sure his men are well scribed for what they’re likely to face on Saturday.

“It’s really exciting,” he added.

“When do you get a chance to play teams like Iraq? Only in a World Cup.

“Iraq deserved to qualify and we can only concentrate on ourselves and get ourselves prepared

“We’ll be ready, recovered and prepared and hopefully we can do what we’ve done in the first two games and take the game to the opposition.”

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels