Tuesday 28 May 2013
The England Under-20 squad who will travel to Turkey for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup this month is packed with players who have starred in the inaugural Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
Seventeen of the 21 players named by England head coach Peter Taylor appeared for their club's under-21 teams this season. Among them is Larnell Cole, whose two goals in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League final won the title for Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur.
Another goalscorer from that match at Old Trafford last week is Alex Pritchard, who is among the forwards, alongside clubmate Harry Kane, while Manchester United defender Tom Thorpe, who also claimed a winners medal, has been named too.
England are drawn in Group E of the 24-team tournament, with Chile, Egypt and Iraq.
(Barclays U21 players in bold)
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), George Long (Sheffield United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough).
Defenders: Sam Byram (Leeds United), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Danny Potts (West Ham United), Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), John Stones (Everton), Tom Thorpe (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Gael Bigirimana (Newcastle United), Conor Coady (Liverpool), Larnell Cole (Manchester United), John Lundstram (Everton), James Ward Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Chris Long (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough).
|Sam Johnstone||Manchester United||25/03/1993||10|
|Daniel Potts||West Ham United||13/04/1994||18|
|Tom Thorpe||Manchester United||13/01/1993||25|
|Gael Bigirimana||Newcastle United||22/10/1993||6|
|Larnell Cole||Manchester United||09/03/1993||27 (1)|
|John Lundstram||Everton||18/02/1994||16 (1)|
|Chris Long||Everton||25/02/1995||11 (6)|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||28/07/1993||6|
|Alex Pritchard||Tottenham Hotspur||03/05/1993||11 (1)|
23 June v Iraq, Antalya
26 June v Chile, Antalya
29 June v Egypt, Bursa
VIDEO: Sam Johnstone and Anders Lindegaard talk about the last things they did. Watch here >>