Conor Coady named England Under-20s captain for World Cup

By Matt SlaterBBC sports news reporter
Conor Coady

Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady has been named as England's captain for the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Coady, 20, led England to victory at the Under-17 European Championship in 2010, and was a key member of the team that went to the semi-finals of the Under-19 European Championship in 2012.

He made his Premier League debut for the Reds in a 3-1 win at Fulham in May.

England travel to Turkey on Wednesday for final preparations ahead of their first game against Iraq on 23 June.

They then play Chile on 26 June, before completing the group phase against Egypt on 29 June.

Included in manager Peter Taylor's squad are Everton prospect Ross Barkley, Leeds United's hugely talented Sam Byram and Spurs' emerging strike duo Harry Kane and Alex Pritchard.

England Under-20s manager Peter Taylor pleased with his squad

England's last Under-20 World Cup campaign in 2011 was practically ruined before it started when more than 50 players withdrew from the squad. That was largely because the tournament in Colombia clashed with the end of English football's pre-season.

Fifa has addressed this by bringing the 2013 competition forward by almost a month, resulting in no withdrawals from Taylor's squad.

After the Under-21 team's dismal showing at the ongoing European Championship, the Football Association, as well as the clubs, will be eager for this age-group to continue to show the promise they have displayed in recent years.

History does not bode well for England, though, with the Three Lions only ever progressing to the semi-finals of this competition twice, the last time coming in 1993.

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