England Under-20s aim to restore pride at Under-20 World Cup

England Under-20s boss Peter Taylor says his team will aim to put English football "back on the map" at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup after disappointment at the European Under-21 Championship.

Stuart Pearce's side crashed out of Euro 2013 after losing all three group games despite qualifying unbeaten.

Taylor's team kick-off their tournament in Turkey against Iraq on Sunday.

"There is a determination because I think we are all disappointed," former Under-21s boss Taylor told BBC Sport.

"I feel sorry for Stuart because it turned out to be not such a good tournament. I think the players have been honest enough to admit they didn't do themselves justice and a lot of the players out in Israel will be friends of the players here [in Turkey] so I'm sure they have spoken about it.

England's Under-20 qualification

  • Last year's Under-19 European Championship in Estonia doubled up as the qualifiers for this summer's Under-20 World Cup.
  • The top six European teams from that tournament qualified for the Under-20 finals in Turkey.
  • England booked their place after reaching the Under-19 semi-finals in Estonia, where they lost 2-1 to Greece.

"We know we haven't come out of it how we would like. I think English football is respected all over the world and we would like to put in back on the map."

The Under-20 World Cup began on Friday and the biennial tournament is taken far more seriously in other countries than in England. Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the tournament for Argentina in 2005, while Brazil are the reigning champions.

Taylor's side will hope to qualify from a group which also includes Chile and Egypt, and try to improve on the team's performance two years ago in Colombia where, after a number of player withdrawals, Brian Eastick's side failed to score a goal and lost to Nigeria in the round of 16.

England qualified after reaching the semi-finals of last year's under-19 European Championship and have Liverpool's Conor Coady captaining the side and Everton's Ross Barkley looking to impress.

Taylor, who has been drafted in on a two-month contract, added: "Fifa regard this as the second best tournament they put on. We want to do well, and we want to win on Sunday to get our tournament off to a good start."

Pearce, whose contract was not renewed, said his side performed badly because they did not have access to Under-21s players who were called up to the senior side for a friendly in Brazil.

And Taylor, 60, underlined the importance of getting players together for such an important occasion.

"Tournament experience is everything," he added. "It's not just the actual matches, the beauty of playing in a Fifa tournament is you really are playing against different styles. It's fantastic for anybody's career in terms of learning.

"Also, there is the preparation of being away for longer than normal. Players have to adjust and have good discipline but we also want them to enjoy themselves too."