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FIFA U20 World Cup Colombia 2011

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There has been disappointment already for England's youth teams this summer and there are quite a few concerns about the England team going in search of U20 glory later this week. It lacks balance and experience, says Jamie Sanderson.

Following successive exits from the Under-21 European Championships and the Under-17 World Cup, England's Young Lions will hope the forthcoming Under-20 World Cup will prove to be third time lucky in their quest for summer success.

However, Head Coach Brian Eastick goes into the tournament already on the back foot, with a number of Premier League clubs refusing to release many of their top prospects. Even when Eastick did finally confirm his 21-man squad, 9 players were later withdrawn and replaced, leaving England under strength for a tournament that many believe is vital for player development.

Those withdrawals, combined with the altitude and humidity of Columbia, mean England are a 12.0 long shot to leave South America with the trophy. Yet that may not be a bad thing, as expectation and pressure have played key roles in crippling previous campaigns. Life as the rank outsiders may well suit Eastick and his new look Under-20's.

The key to a successful challenge comes in how well the forward line clicks. A lack of fluidity, creativity and ruthlessness in front of goal has punished England's other youth teams this summer, and the Under-20's know they can't afford a repeat of the same. That responsibility lies with forward trio Callum McManaman, Ryan Noble and Matt Phillips, all of whom boast Premier League experience.

Wigan Athletic winger McManaman, a distant relation of former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City star Steve McManaman, earned his place after a break through season in the North West. A productive run for the Reserves led to six first-team appearances all in all, including three starts and a goal in the FA Cup. He'll bring a mix of talents to the party, including guile, energy, an ability to cross and shoot with either foot, as well as a superb work ethic. That could prove to be key late on in the tighter games.

On the other flank, England can mix up their play with Blackpool's quick-silver winger Matt Phillips. The 20-year-old is one of the most experienced in the squad, with almost 100 professional appearances to his name already. Matt played 26 times in the Premier League last season, where he showcased his dangerous mix of power and pace, often as an impact substitute. If he can find some of the end product that he displayed at Wycombe, Phillips can be a deadly weapon out wide.

Sunderland's Ryan Noble should edge out the exciting but rather raw Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo in the battle to lead the line, in a role where much will be expected. Noble is a prolific scorer at Reserve team level, but whether he can transfer that form to the international setup remains to be seen.

Elsewhere, a midfield base of Tottenham's Dean Parrett and Manchester United's Reece Brown looks to be one with promise. Both players will bring tenacity and aggression, but the duo are equally as comfortable in possession and can offer a goal threat from long range.

Other notable mentions go to Aston Villa's Nathan Baker and Manchester City's Reece Wabara, who should form a solid partnership at the back.

Overall, this England Under-20 side are a real mixed bag. Brian Eastick has some good talents at his disposal, but the squad badly lacks depth and experience, summed by the fact 13 of the 21 travelling party have no experience at this level. It's those reasons that make it hard to suggest they can go all the way, but a quarter final place is an attainable target, should they advance from a tricky group which includes 2005 and 2007 winners Argentina. The South Americans are the most successful Under-20 World Cup side in history, and despite being second favourites behind Spain (who are 5.0) this year, they're certainly worth a punt to win it at odds of 6.0.

England open their campaign against the enigma that is Korea DPR on Friday, before facing Mexico and then the aforementioned might of Argentina on the 4th of July. It promises to be another fascinating summer of Three Lions football.

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England

  • Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
  • 1 Jack BUTLAND 10/03/1993 GK Birmingham City (ENG) 196
  • 2 Blair ADAMS 08/09/1991 DF Sunderland (ENG) 178
  • 3 Nathan BAKER 23/04/1991 DF Aston Villa (ENG) 191
  • 4 Saido BERAHINO 04/08/1993 FW West Bromwich Albion (ENG) 178
  • 5 Reece BROWN 01/11/1991 MF Manchester Utd. (ENG) 190
  • 6 Benjamin GORDON 02/03/1991 DF Chelsea (ENG) 181
  • 7 James HURST 31/01/1992 DF West Bromwich Albion (ENG) 183
  • 8 Billy KNOTT 28/11/1992 MF Sunderland (ENG) 173
  • 9 Jason LOWE 02/09/1991 MF Blackburn Rovers (ENG) 178
  • 10 Callum McMANAMAN 25/04/1991 FW Wigan (ENG) 178
  • 11 Joshua MORRIS 30/09/1991 FW Blackburn Rovers (ENG) 180
  • 12 Michael NGOO 23/10/1992 FW Liverpool (ENG) 194
  • 13 Lee NICHOLLS 05/10/1992 GK Wigan (ENG) 191
  • 14 Ryan NOBLE 06/11/1991 FW Sunderland (ENG) 182
  • 15 Dean PARRETT 16/11/1991 MF Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 176
  • 16 Matthew PHILLIPS 13/03/1991 FW Blackpool (ENG) 185
  • 17 Adam SMITH 24/04/1991 DF Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 174
  • 18 George TAFT 29/07/1993 DF Leicester (ENG) 191
  • 19 Reece WABARA 28/12/1991 DF Manchester City (ENG) 182
  • 20 James WALLACE 19/12/1991 MF Everton (ENG) 178
  • 21 Jak ALNWICK 17/06/1993 GK Newcastle Utd. (ENG) 188

Brazil

  • Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
  • 1 GABRIEL 27/09/1992 GK Cruzeiro (BRA) 191
  • 2 DANILO 15/07/1991 DF Santos (BRA) 183
  • 3 BRUNO UVINI 03/06/1991 DF Sao Paulo (BRA) 185
  • 4 JUAN 10/06/1991 DF Internacional (BRA) 184
  • 5 FERNANDO 03/03/1992 MF Gremio (BRA) 173
  • 6 ALEX SANDRO 26/01/1991 DF Santos (BRA) 179
  • 7 DUDU 07/01/1992 MF Cruzeiro (BRA) 165
  • 8 CASEMIRO 23/02/1992 MF Sao Paulo (BRA) 184
  • 9 WILLIAN 23/11/1991 FW Sao Paulo (BRA) 187
  • 10 PHILIPPE COUTINHO 12/06/1992 MF Inter (ITA) 173
  • 11 OSCAR 09/09/1991 MF Internacional (BRA) 180
  • 12 CESAR 27/01/1992 GK Flamengo (BRA) 190
  • 13 FRAUCHES 28/09/1992 DF Flamengo (BRA) 185
  • 14 ALLAN 08/01/1991 MF Vasco da Gama (BRA) 173
  • 15 ROMARIO LEIRIA 28/06/1992 DF Internacional (BRA) 182
  • 16 GABRIEL SILVA 13/05/1991 DF Palmeiras (BRA) 180
  • 17 GALHARDO 30/10/1991 DF Flamengo (BRA) 182
  • 18 ALAN PATRICK 13/05/1991 MF Santos (BRA) 177
  • 19 HENRIQUE 27/05/1991 FW Sao Paulo (BRA) 175
  • 20 NEGUEBA 07/04/1992 FW Flamengo (BRA) 172
  • 21 ALEKSANDER 20/02/1991 GK Avai (BRA) 194

Argentina

  • Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
  • 1 Esteban ANDRADA 26/01/1991 GK Lanus (ARG) 182
  • 2 German PEZZELLA 27/06/1991 DF River Plate (ARG) 178
  • 3 Nicolas TAGLIAFICO 31/08/1992 DF Banfield (ARG) 167
  • 4 Hugo NERVO 06/01/1991 DF Arsenal (ARG) 179
  • 5 Adrian CIRIGLIANO 24/01/1992 MF River Plate (ARG) 170
  • 6 Leonel GALEANO 02/08/1991 DF Independiente (ARG) 178
  • 7 Matias LABA 11/12/1991 MF Argentinos Juniors (ARG) 175
  • 8 Roberto PEREYRA 07/01/1991 MF River Plate (ARG) 169
  • 9 Facundo FERREYRA 14/03/1991 FW Banfield (ARG) 181
  • 10 Erik LAMELA 04/03/1992 MF River Plate (ARG) 170
  • 11 Juan ITURBE 04/06/1993 FW Cerro Porteno (PAR) 169
  • 12 Rodrigo REY 08/03/1991 GK River Plate (ARG) 179
  • 13 Lucas KRUSPZKY 06/04/1992 DF Independiente (ARG) 172
  • 14 Adrian MARTINEZ 13/02/1992 DF San Lorenzo (ARG) 169
  • 15 Alan RUIZ 19/08/1993 MF Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (ARG) 172
  • 16 Lucas VILLAFANEZ 04/10/1991 MF Independiente (ARG) 171
  • 17 Rodrigo BATTAGLIA 12/07/1991 MF Huracan (ARG) 171
  • 18 Leandro GONZALEZ PIREZ 26/02/1992 DF River Plate (ARG) 182
  • 19 Agustin VULETICH 03/11/1991 FW Velez Sarsfield (ARG) 172
  • 20 Carlos LUQUE 01/03/1993 MF Atletico Colon (ARG) 176
  • 21 Damian MARTINEZ 02/09/1992 GK Independiente (ARG) 183

France

  • Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
  • 1 Pierrick CROS 23/06/1991 GK Sochaux (FRA) 185
  • 2 Loic NEGO 15/01/1991 DF AS Roma (ITA) 181
  • 3 Chrys MAVINGA 26/05/1991 DF Liverpool (ENG) 183
  • 4 Florian LEJEUNE 20/05/1991 MF Istres (FRA) 190
  • 5 Sebastien FAURE 03/01/1991 DF Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 185
  • 6 Clement GRENIER 07/01/1991 FW Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 186
  • 7 Gael KAKUTA 21/06/1991 FW Fulham (ENG) 174
  • 8 Gueida FOFANA 16/05/1991 MF Le Havre (FRA) 184
  • 9 Yannis TAFER 11/02/1991 FW Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 181
  • 10 Gilles SUNU 30/03/1991 FW Arsenal (ENG) 181
  • 11 Antoine GRIEZMANN 21/03/1991 FW Real Sociedad (ESP) 175
  • 12 Kalidou KOULIBALY 20/06/1991 DF Metz (FRA) 195
  • 13 Francis COQUELIN 13/05/1991 MF Arsenal (ENG) 178
  • 14 Timothee KOLODZIEJCZAK 01/10/1991 DF Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 180
  • 15 Lionel CAROLE 12/04/1991 DF Benfica (POR) 180
  • 16 Lucas VERONESE 06/02/1991 GK Nice (FRA) 188
  • 17 Cedric BAKAMBU 11/04/1991 FW Sochaux (FRA) 182
  • 18 Maxime COLIN 15/11/1991 DF Boulogne (FRA) 178
  • 19 Alexandre LACAZETTE 28/05/1991 FW Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 176
  • 20 Enzo REALE 07/10/1991 MF Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 175
  • 21 Jonathan LIGALI 28/05/1991 GK Montpellier (FRA) 182

Spain

  • Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
  • 1 ALEX 03/02/1991 GK Zaragoza (ESP) 190
  • 2 Hugo MALLO 22/06/1991 DF Celta Vigo (ESP) 182
  • 3 Antonio LUNA 17/03/1991 DF Sevilla FC (ESP) 183
  • 4 Marc BARTRA 15/01/1991 DF Barcelona (ESP) 182
  • 5 Jorge PULIDO 08/04/1991 DF Atletico Madrid (ESP) 175
  • 6 Oriol ROMEU 24/09/1991 MF Barcelona (ESP) 182
  • 7 KIKO 02/02/1991 MF Hercules (ESP) 180
  • 8 RECIO 11/01/1991 MF Malaga (ESP) 177
  • 9 RODRIGO 06/03/1991 FW Bolton Wanderers (ENG) 179
  • 10 Sergio CANALES 16/02/1991 MF Real Madrid (ESP) 176
  • 11 Daniel PACHECO 05/01/1991 MF Liverpool (ENG) 176
  • 12 Carles PLANAS 04/03/1991 DF Barcelona (ESP) 172
  • 13 AITOR 03/05/1991 GK Athletic Bilbao (ESP) 190
  • 14 Jordi AMAT 21/03/1992 DF Espanyol (ESP) 175
  • 15 ISCO 21/04/1992 FW Valencia (ESP) 178
  • 16 KOKE 08/01/1992 MF Atletico Madrid (ESP) 177
  • 17 Sergi ROBERTO 07/02/1992 MF Barcelona (ESP) 176
  • 18 Cristian TELLO 11/08/1991 FW Barcelona (ESP) 175
  • 19 EZEQUIEL 12/01/1991 FW Betis Sevilla (ESP) 181
  • 20 Alvaro VAZQUEZ 27/04/1991 FW Espanyol (ESP) 186
  • 21 Fernando PACHECO 18/05/1992 GK Real Madrid (ESP) 190

Portugal

  • Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
  • 1 MIKA 08/03/1991 GK Leiria (POR) 184
  • 2 PELE 29/09/1991 MF Belenenses (POR) 183
  • 3 TIAGO FERREIRA 10/07/1993 DF Porto (POR) 176
  • 4 NUNO REIS 31/01/1991 DF Cercle Brugge (BEL) 181
  • 5 RODERICK 30/03/1991 DF Benfica (POR) 192
  • 6 JULIO ALVES 29/06/1991 MF Rio Ave (POR) 180
  • 7 NELSON OLIVEIRA 08/08/1991 FW Pacos Ferreira (POR) 186
  • 8 CEDRIC 31/08/1991 DF Braga (POR) 171
  • 9 AMIDO BALDE 16/05/1991 FW Badajoz (ESP) 192
  • 10 SANA 29/12/1991 MF Servette (SUI) 165
  • 11 CAETANO 20/04/1991 FW Pacos Ferreira (POR) 163
  • 12 TIAGO MAIA 18/09/1992 GK Porto (POR) 179
  • 13 LUIS MARTINS 10/06/1992 DF Benfica (POR) 178
  • 14 ALEX 27/08/1991 FW Santa Clara (POR) 174
  • 15 DANILO 09/09/1991 MF Aris Thessaloniki (GRE) 188
  • 16 SERGINHO 21/02/1991 FW Trofense (POR) 176
  • 17 SERGIO OLIVEIRA 02/06/1992 MF Beira-Mar (POR) 180
  • 18 RICARDO DIAS 25/02/1991 MF Santa Clara (POR) 190
  • 19 LUIS RIBEIRO 19/04/1992 GK Braga (POR) 185
  • 20 MARIO RUI 27/05/1991 DF CD Fatima (POR) 167
  • 21 RAFAEL LOPES 28/07/1991 FW Varzim (POR) 185

All the rest @ http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/teams/

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Stuart Pearce is on a mission to systematically destroy English football at all levels, why the f*ck is he with the u20 squad in Colombia?

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Bare international comps this summer!

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England squad looks poor tbh.

France SHOULD win this competition , especialy with pretty much the same squad coming off the back of the u19s world cup victory a few seasons back!

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Look at all the number 10s for other nations posted

Phillipe Coutinho

Erik Lamela

Sergio Canales

Giles Sunu

goes to look for Englands number 10 and sees

Callum McManaman :lol:

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Stand out players

Danilo-Brazil

Coutinho-Brazil

Oscar-Brazil

Griezmann-France

Canales-Spain

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Stand out players

Danilo-Brazil

Coutinho-Brazil

Oscar-Brazil

Griezmann-France

Canales-Spain

U forgot Kakuta ;)

He was frances best player in the u19s world cup last year..

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Latinas :Y:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17S084bCzPY&feature=player_embedded

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michael ngoo did his ting :lol: dunno bout da rest of dem doe dey need some oil bare stiff dons :lol:

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Stand out players

Danilo-Brazil

Coutinho-Brazil

Oscar-Brazil

Griezmann-France

Canales-Spain

Pacheco will be Spains standout player.

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Stand out players

Danilo-Brazil

Coutinho-Brazil

Oscar-Brazil

Griezmann-France

Canales-Spain

U forgot Kakuta ;)

He was frances best player in the u19s world cup last year..

Cros is a badman GK as well. Carole & Fofana looking like serious prospects too. tbf half of these Frenchies will end up at top French clubs and above, very sick year.

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Kicking off tomight with England vs Korea - 8.30PM - Eurosport

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Latinas :Y:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17S084bCzPY&feature=player_embedded

LMDAODSJFd

2:10-2:15

no words for that skank

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Latinas :Y:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17S084bCzPY&feature=player_embedded

hjhmkf

poiuy

fvbhj

SOMEONE GIF THE BRUDDA AT ROUND 1:00

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france to win

look out for grenier

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Poor first half, cant even recall a shot.

Argentina - Mexico on later.

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England are f*ck*ng sh*t, nah f*ck off. :angry:

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11 games without a u20wc win lol snm

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north korea LOL

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france vs colombia delayed by an hour due to heavy rainfall

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columbia hit the bar

30 yard screamer

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