Picking a World U-20 XI (and No Englishmen in Starting Lineup)

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Picking a World U-20 XI (and No Englishmen in Starting Lineup)
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West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku headlines this World U-20 XI.

Qualification tournaments for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey have been coming thick and fast of late.

In early February, Colombia won that scout’s paradise known as the South American Youth Championship in Argentina and the CONCACAF U-20 Championship is taking place in Puebla, Mexico as we speak. Africa’s youth competition will begin on March 16 while both Asia and Europe, who count their U-19 tournaments as the World Cup qualifiers, have already held their events. Oceania’s U-20 Championship will kick off on March 21 in Fiji.

Bleacher Report will have plenty of content previewing the U-20 World Cup over the coming months, but we thought it might be a good idea to get a head start by selecting a squad comprised of players who fit into the competition’s parameters—namely, players born on or after January 1, 1993.

Now, not all of the players revealed in the following slides will be playing in Turkey this summer. Several are already senior internationals and have long since left the underage categories behind.

There is also not a single English player in our starting XI. Make of that what you will. And many of the much-ballyhooed Brazilian and Argentine youngsters saw their stock diminish drastically in January as both sides crashed out of the South American Youth Championship at the first hurdle.

But we are left with a very good squad, and no doubt one that will create some debate. Feel free to comment on the selections in the field below, or even name your own U-20 XI.

The following is Bleacher Report’s U-20 XI, set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, complete with substitutes.

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