England vs. Iraq: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview for FIFA U-20 Match

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28:  Harry Kane of England is congratulated by team mates after scoring his teams first goal during the Under-19 European Championship Qualifier match between England and Czech Republic at Matchroom Stadium on February 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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England and Iraq meet for what looks like a rather one-sided matchup at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup.

Wednesday will see the start of play in Group E at the competition. Starting off with a win would be nice for both teams. Although, with some third-place teams advancing, there will still be plenty of time to get things on track.

It's a problem England shouldn't have to worry about as they look to outflank Iraq at almost every position.

Here's a quick preview for the match.


When: Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Akdeniz University Stadium, Antalya, Turkey

Watch: ESPNU

Live Stream: ESPN3


What's at Stake

This group is pretty much up for grabs. Aside from England and Iraq, Group E includes Egypt and Chile. You can easily see three of those teams fighting for the top two spots.

England will be looking to rebound from a poor U-21 European Championship. None of those players will be at this tournament. It's more of a symbolic momentum-builder. The Three Lions were humbled in Israel and want to rebound. The senior team is moving on a "golden generation," so it's important that it can move the young players through the ranks. England can lay down a marker with a win over Iraq.

Iraq will just be hoping to get whatever points they can. The road won't get any easier after England. If they don't pick up anything in this match, they'll have a hard time getting enough from their last two matches in order to qualify for the knockout stage.


England Player to Watch: Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley is one of the more promising midfielders in the Premier League. Only 19 years old, he's already gotten a call-up to the senior team at Everton, making 13 Premier League appearances over the last two seasons.

Barkley also gained some valuable experience at the Championship this past season, scoring four goals and assisting on another in 17 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Don't be surprised to see Barkley play a much bigger role for Everton next year. This tournament will be a great springboard for the player to put his talents on display and start creating some momentum going into the league season.


Iraq Player to Watch: Mohannad Abdul-Raheem

If Iraq are going to score a goal, it will likely come from Mohannad Abdul-Raheem. The 19-year-old has already created a pretty good reputation for himself.

He scored five goals in six matches at the Under-19 AFC Championship. Abdul-Raheem is also the reigning Asian Young Player of the Year.

It's been quite a while since Iraq had a quality national team. Players like Abdul-Raheem don't come along very often. Watching him will be interesting in just the novelty of the situation.

Having an Iraqi player emerge as a top talent would be a nice development in world football.



Iraq have done well to qualify for the U-20 World Cup, their first since 2001.

It could be a back-and-forth affair; however, England have too many talented, experienced young players. They should really be able to control this match. The Three Lions can bully around Iraq and break them down as the match goes on.

England will score an early goal, and it will be uphill from there for Iraq. If they can keep England scoreless for a long period of time, they might have a chance to snatch a draw.

However, the Three Lions will prove to be too much for Iraq to handle. It would be surprising to see them walk away with anything less than a win.

England 3, Iraq 0