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England Under-20s are into the World Cup final... so how well do you know Paul Simpson's squad in Korea?

June 8, 2017 3:53 PM
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England are into the U20 World Cup final, after their brilliant come-from-behind victory over Italy earned them a chance to face Venezuela.

Paul Simpson's side have been superb out in South Korea, producing excellent performances with both style and substance.

But how much to you know about the young stars who have guided England to the final?

The undisputed No 1 in this squad, Woodman is a fine shot-stopper and comfortable with the ball at his feet. Yet to play for Newcastle, but did have an impressive six months on loan at Kilmarnock this season.

Has started every game, and been one of England's stand-out players on the right hand side of defence. Has played twice for Everton's first team in the Premier League.

The versatile defender can play on the flanks or in the middle, and started this tournament at left back. Made his Premier League debut for Everton more than a year ago, but spent the second half of this season on loan at Wigan.

The captain has only missed one game in the tournament, and has been superb in the middle of the park, dictating the play for England. Injury has hampered his first season at Bournemouth, but the former Leeds man is clearly of Premier League quality.

Started every game at centre back, and though he was caught out for Italy's goal on Thursday he has generally been solid (an unfortunate own goal aside!). Earned his first Premier League appearance a year ago, and helped Brighton win promotion last season while on loan there.

Highly-thought-of at Chelsea, Clarke-Salter missed the last 16 and quarter-finals, but returned to play a calming role in the semi-final. Once praised by John Terry after his Chelsea debut, he spent this season on loan at Bristol Rovers.

A key man in midfield for England, but missed the semi-final after an absurdly harsh red card in the win over Mexico. Has played more than 30 senior games for Tottenham.

Once seen as a flying winger, the Arsenal man has filled a role as a hardworking central midfielder at this tournament. After a disappointing spell with Ipswich last year, this season he has been a regular in Arsene Wenger's match-day squads.

Scored in the tournament opener, but has fallen down the pecking order of forwards in Simpson's squad. Flourished in League One last season, but managed only six goals in the Championship on loan at Barnsley this term.

England's main man up front, he is the tournament's second top scorer with four goals, including two in the semi-final. Unable to get into the Chelsea side last season, he has since moved to Liverpool to try and get Premier League game-time.

Didn't start the first game of the tournament, but hasn't missed a game since and has been brilliant, looking a cut above the rest of the side and the opposition at times. Joined Everton this January, and has immediately become a part of the first-team squad.

His only minute on the pitch came as a stoppage-time substitute once the win over Italy was wrapped up. Played more than 30 games for Charlton in League One and equiped himself well.

A bizarre mistake marred his only appearance as he allowed a half-way line back-pass to beat him and go into the net. Has never played for United, and made only seven appearances for Grimsby in League Two this season before being recalled to be third choice at Old Trafford.

Playing out of position on the left, Walker-Peters has looked as comfortable as anyone would have hoped. Yet to make a first-team appearance for Spurs, but seen as a possible air to his almost namesake Kyle Walker.

In the three games he started, England conceded just one goal as he proved himself capable at the back. After helping Middlesbrough get promoted, he spent the first part of last season on loan at Rotherham in the Championship, but was recalled due to lack of game time.

Got England's campaign up and running with their first goal of the tournament, and though he hasn't scored since he has been an important part of the side when called upon, linking up well with Solanke in the semi-final. Joined Everton last summer and has been part of Ronald Koeman's first-team plans, scoring once in 11 Premier League games.

Has played only 15 minutes so far, all off the bench, so has not yet had the chance to impress at this tournament. Yet to play for Middlesbrough, but until an injury interrupted his loan spell at Sheffield United he had impressed, bagging an FA Cup hat-trick.

Started all but one of the games so far, and scored the winner against South Korea, but it was his withdrawal in the semi-final which sparked the comeback. Has played two Premier League games for Everton, but not since May 2016.

Sensational off the bench in the semi-final, with direct running and dangerous crossing changing the game. Largely used as an impact sub. Has played eight Premier League games for Liverpool, but was limited to cup appearances by Jurgen Klopp this season.

Has been on the fringes of the first team, starting only once, but did well against Korea, driving the side forward. Signed for Liverpool from Arsenal three years ago, and played twice for Klopp's side in the Premier League this season after impressing in pre-season last summer.

The third choice goalkeeper has not played a single minute in the tournament so far, and is unlikely to. Has been a mainstay of Reading's Under-23 side this season, but is yet to play a senior fixture.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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