Five Everton players for England U-20 World Cup

Monday 8 May 2017  18 Comments  [Jump to last]

England's squad for this summer's Under-20 World Cup has been announced and Everton players make up almost a quarter of it.

The Toffees provide five members of the 21-man squad, with defenders Jonjoe Kenny and Callum Connolly, midfielder Kieran Dowell and forwards Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all included.

The squad will meet up at St George's Park this afternoon before travelling to Osaka, Japan, for a training camp. The tournament is being held in South Korea.

England are in Group A and start their campaign against Argentina at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Saturday, 20 May. They then face Guinea at the same venue on Tuesday, 23 May.

Their final group game comes against the hosts in Suwon on Friday, 26 May.


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Charles Barrow
1 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:17:14
So does that mean Kenny, Lookman etc are not available for the last two games of the season!! Madness!
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:29:46
Does it also mean that none of them are available tonight?
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 08/05/2017 at 17:03:07
Who in their right mind arranges these things at what could be a crucial stage of the season? I'd be interested in the players not selected who play for those trying to qualify for European club competitions next season or even this year's FA Cup Final.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 08/05/2017 at 17:23:32
I would have thought it would be more use to them to get game time in the dead rubbers we have left in the Premier League. Look at what it did for Tom Davies's confidence at the end of last season.

With 7th assured, there's no reason we could not have played this team against Watford:

Kenny Holgate Williams Connolly
Davies Schneiderlin Barkley
Lookman Lukaku Dowell

Chris Thornton
5 Posted 08/05/2017 at 17:55:38
According to the FA website the squad meets "on Monday afternoon", which I imagine means next Monday, not today. If so they're all available for the Watford game, but not the Arsenal match.
Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 08/05/2017 at 18:45:15
Fifa and Uefa are just greedy trying to make money any way they can. Why in the hell are there now separate teams and tournaments for U19, U20 and U21? It hurts teams actually producing homegrown talent.
Chris Williams
7 Posted 08/05/2017 at 19:59:08
Walsh has said that the players have been given permission to miss the Arsenal match, so eligible tonight and also Friday.
Frank Wade
8 Posted 08/05/2017 at 20:00:20
Agree Sam, I was hoping to at least see Kenny plus one or all of Liam Walsh, Kieran Dowell or Antonee Robinson on Friday. Connolly was at Wigan for second half of season, so possibly not eligible to play Friday?
Dave Williams
9 Posted 08/05/2017 at 20:16:18
Are Walsh and Robinson lined up to play on Friday hence their absence tonight or is that just my wishful thinking?
Kieran Fitzgerald
10 Posted 09/05/2017 at 07:25:02
The flip side is that they will be potentially playing competitive games into June at an international tournament. Our lads have just won their league. They will be on a high going into an international tournament.

As we will also be playing a Europa League qualifier in late June/early July, they can carry this momentum into that game.

Liam Reilly
11 Posted 09/05/2017 at 10:27:52
Don't think Liam Walsh will be playing, Dave, as he was in crutches last night.

Shame as it would've been a great opportunity.

Jon Withey
12 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:32:17
Hope it doesnt tire them out for the Europa League qualifiers, heh.
Gary Edwards
13 Posted 20/05/2017 at 12:36:14
I really hope these lads, and the U23 team generally, keep their wits about them, egos in check, conduct themselves professionally and maintain the rate at which they're developing, as then we will have the nucleus of a very good first team.

Supplement them with a top quality goalie, beast of a centre-back (eg, Koulibaly), a world class No 10 and a gunslinger centre-forward, plus the resources already there (notwithstanding a clearout of that deadwood and the sale of Lukaku and Barkley), then we'll have a Champions League quality team.

In addition to the England U20s five, we have Liam Walsh, Harry Charsley and Antonee Robinson, all of whom IMO are exceptional talents. I hope we get Donkor back too.

Well done lads.

Eugene Ruane
14 Posted 20/05/2017 at 14:50:19
Brian: Kenny is a better right back than Holgate from what I have seen this season and the England game today.

That might be to do with the fact that Holgate isn't a right back and Kenny is.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 20/05/2017 at 18:46:25
How many groups are there in this competition, four or eight? I'm thinking four, so if we head our group we will be in the semi-final.

Did Lookman play in this match?

Jay Wood
16 Posted 20/05/2017 at 18:55:58
How many groups Dave?

Try the middle option of your numbers - six!

Top 2 from each group automatically qualify and the 4 best 3rd place finishers also go to a last 16 (only 8 teams eliminated from the group stage!)

The hosts, South Korea - in the same group as England – have just beaten Guinea 3-0, so they have an equal record with England.

And Lookman was an unused sub.

Brian Wilkinson
17 Posted 23/05/2017 at 06:53:58
Easy solution then, play Kenny at right back problem solved for right back.
Brian Wilkinson
18 Posted 23/05/2017 at 08:36:23
Lookman to start in place of Calvert-Lewin, Kenny and Connolly also in starting 11, Dowell dropped to the bench for today's game v Guinia kick off 9am uk time, Eurosport 1.

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