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Chile vs. England: Complete Preview for FIFA Under-20 World Cup Clash

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28:  Ross Barkley of England looks on 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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Max TowleAnalyst IJune 25, 2013

Chile U20 vs. England U20 (Wed 26th June, 11.00 a.m. ET)

The England Under 20 team kicked off their World Cup campaign in underwhelming fashion on Sunday, being held to a 2-2 draw by minnows Iraq.

Next up for Peter Taylor's side is Chile, who won their first match in the tournament held in Turkey, beating Egypt 2-1.

The Three Lions have been in poor form recently, and they will need to up their game to defeat a talented team.

In terms of the likely lineup Taylor will deploy, Manchester United midfielder Larnell Cole could see a recall to the first team in the place of John Lundstram.

Liverpool's defensive midfielder Conor Coady might also feature.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane will lead the line alongside either Christopher Long or Luke Williams.

Ross Barkley will be the man to watch for England. The Everton attacking midfielder is a clear standout in a less than stellar vintage.

In defence, Sporting Lisbon's Eric Dier leads a competent back line which also includes Liverpool's John Flanagan and Nottingham Forest's Jamaal Lascelles.

In goal is the Red Devils' Sam Johnstone, a promising 20-year-old who is yet to make his debut for the first team at club level.

Chile's danger man will likely be Nicolas Castillo, a forward who has already made his bow for the national team.

There is also Manchester United's Angelo Henriquez to keep a close eye on in attack.

The suspended Cristian Cuevas will probably be replaced by Christian Bravo on Wednesday. Bravo and Castillo scored their side's goals in the win over Egypt.

 

Projected Lineups

Chile U20: Dario Melo, Felipe Campos, Igor Lichnovsky, Sebastian Martinez, Andres Robles, Nicolas Maturana, Bryan Rabello, Cesar Fuentes, Christian Bravo, Nicolas Castillo, Angelo Henriquez.

England U20: Sam Johnstone, Daniel Potts, John Flanagan, Eric Dier, Jamaal Lascelles, James Ward-Prowse, Larnell Cole, Conor Coady, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane, Luke Williams.

 

Prediction

Chile U20 1-1 England U20

 

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