The 21st FIFA U20 World Cup held in South Korea officially closed with a surprise champion which was England.
The Three Lions are not highly rated compared to other heavyweights such as France, Uruguay or Argentina when the league first started, not because of their lacking or weak players but because their national teams are always in bad shapes when competing in international leagues. Because the expectations were not high, the first World Cup since 1966 is more cherished. The question now is for the times to come, how will this generation develop and transform into a successful team at the highest level?
The answer is that everything is possible. Unlike the talented youngsters expected to make it to the semi-finals of the 2007 European and European U21 finals, the squad is now inheriting a managed national system Throughout and unified from the highest level. If the 2007-09 season was the crisis of the Three Lions under the direction of a native coach Steve McClaren, they could not qualify for the Euro 2008 finals and are forced to rely on his reputation. Well-known pragmatist and weight-bearing Italian-born Fabio Capello, who has taken the old aura to make the opportunities for young bridges significantly restricted, is now completely different. .
The current England national team coach is Gareth Southgate, who has spent three years with the England Under-21 squad before taking the top job. Who replaced him at U21? Aidy Boothroyd, who also won three years with the U19 and U20 litters. Meaning, the profile of most of the names after the tournament in Korea is almost within the reach of two higher level coaches. Southgate itself, despite being busy with recruitment, still spends time watching Paul Simpson’s advance. New inauguration took less than half a year, but Southgate has made a series of bold decisions, both in terms of tactics and personnel. The 3-4-3 and the modern 4-4-2, the most trendy timepieces have been tested with a young and talented young players to be given the opportunity, such as Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford and Ben Gibson. With Gareth’s innovative thinking, the emerging 20-year-olds are sure to have many more times to wear their white T-shirt.
Because, the coach’s mind needs the right force to perform, and through the matches in Korea, the majority of young lions have proved to be adapting to the latest tactical movement. It is not only shown through the opening battle battering Argentina U20 Pitch on the way, but the stability of the play, the rare in England, is represented throughout seven games, In front of a series of tough opponents such as host Korea, Mexico or especially Italy in the semi-final. As a humiliated team, led to the table early, teacher Simpson demonstrates the spirit of respect and discipline from the beginning to the end to defeat the Azzurrini.
More remarkably, this stability occurs when U20 England did not use a squad in two consecutive games. Adapting to the real situation, is not always the weakness of the long time of the 1966 World Champion? That is not a serious problem for 19-20 new players in the U20 recently.
Nevertheless, one of the biggest barriers to doubt lies in their eyes. Although having the right chain on the team, if not playing regularly at the club level, maintaining and improving the form is not possible for all. Very fortunate, most of the 21 U20 English players are being nurtured in environments that are extremely suitable for development. Five people come from Everton, three from Liverpool and two from Tottenham Hotspur, which owns a large number of English players on the payroll and they are also in the Premier League. These 10 names, many of whom have impressed in Korea for nearly a month, such as Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Dominic Solanke will definitely appear pretty much on TV screen next season, Especially since their clubs have had to split fire in different venues, both inland and in continents.
Another positive point, the two places England are lacking and weak, most clearly shown through a 2-2 draw with Scotland on Saturday as goalkeepers and center-ball coordinator, found The best of Freddie Woodman and Lewis Cook. Newcastle United goalkeeper, who is likely to take the No. 1 spot in the woodwork when the St. John’s side are in second place. James’ Park back to the EPL next season has had an impressive offer. Just to concede two goals after six clean sheets, keeping a clean sheet of 4 games, including the situation to prevent the penalty thousands of gold in the final is a testimony Woodman can survive well in Newcastle. As for Cook, questions about his successor Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick, who have been suffering for a long time, may have been resolved. Calm, accurate and disciplined, Bournemouth midfielder will go far under Eddie Howe, who has always supported the “Englishman” movement.
A title at the junior level, but is lighting up the hope of a nation as a national team. There will still be the usual acclamation of the Anglo-Irish press, but unlike any other, this achievement deserves praise and expectation. Please wait and welcome the whole new face of the Three Lions.