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Young Newcastle United duo Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong have been named in the England Under-20s squad for this summer’s World Cup in the Korea Republic.
The Under-20 World Cup gets under way later this month, with former Magpies coach Paul Simpson and his Young Lions squad set to face Argentina, Guinea and the hosts Korea Republic in the group stage.
Goalkeeper Woodman, 20, is included after enjoying a solid half-season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, where he made 15 appearances after joining along with fellow United players Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts in January.
And forward Armstrong, also 20, is named after spending almost the whole campaign on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley, where he played 35 times, scoring six goals.
The pair begin their bid for World Cup glory at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium against Argentina on Saturday 20 th May, before facing Guinea there three days later.
England then face Korea Republic in Suwon on Friday, 26 th May in their final Group A game.Share Article Recommended for you Magpies duo in England Under-20s squad
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Sport, gambling, musicBest Official England Football Songs
When a new England football song comes out it is clear that a major tournament is coming up soon. The action on the pitch might soon end in heartbreak again but the music provided for the occasion usually helps to make it even more memorable.
There have been several poor songs from England squads over the years but the following are some of the best ones that inspired us to dream of victory for a few weeks.
World in Motion – England 1990 Squad and New Order
For many football fans this is the definitive football song. Released in time for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, this was a huge success thanks to its upbeat melody, decent lyrics and sing-along chorus.
Yet, it is the stunning solo rap by John Barnes that really makes this New Order song stick in the memory after so long. It was re-released for the 2002 World Cup.
Three Lions – Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds
It was 1996 and the English public genuinely felt that the European Championship being played on home soil was going to end the “30 years of hurt”. The teaming up of comedians Baddiel and Skinner with The Lightning Seeds turned out to be inspired.
The team might have failed to do the business out on the pitch but this uplifting song gave us all an anthem to sing along to. It is a testament to its freshness and originality that it gets an airing every time that we start dreaming of victory at another big tournament.
On paper, this bizarre song written for the 1998 World Cup in France looked like it would be an absolute mess. Yet, Keith Allen, Damien Hirst and Alex James managed to turn a song about curry into an inspiring football anthem.
The video was a strange parody of the Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony but the whole thing came together for some reason and made its way into the nation’s heart. The same people brought out Jerusalem a couple of years later for Euro 2000 as well.
Back Home – The England 1970 World Cup Squad
Back in the old days, football songs recorded for major tournaments tended to be dull and pretty lifeless. One interesting exception was Back Home, recorded by the squad that was heading to Mexico with the hope of retaining the trophy won 4 years earlier at Wembley.
The squad sang a decent tune with gusto. It was well received at the time and still sounds pretty good even now.
This Time (We’ll Get It Right) England 1982 World Cup Squad
Hopes were high that the 1982 World Cup squad was going to return home from sunny Spain with the famous trophy, after a 12 year absence from the World Cup. The tournament didn’t work out as expected but the song was pretty memorable.
See how many of the players in the squad you recognise as they sing about the hopes and dreams of the nation. Things started well with Bryan Robson scoring before many of us had even sat down, but it all petered out despite the promises of the song.
10:00AM GMT 27 Feb 2014
Most people won’t have heard of Christophe Bonvin.
Nowadays he does spits and spots of punditry on Swiss television, but in the early 1990s he was a forward who played for Sion, Servette and Neuchatel. Tall, a bit gangly, an eager runner and a decent crosser.
“He was a diamond of a person. He wasn’t the very best player, but he was a good player.”
The man who spoke those words? None other than Roy Hodgson, who managed Bonvin at Neuchatel, and then as Switzerland coach. And it is Bonvin who holds the key to understanding how Hodgson may go about building a squad for Brazil this summer.
Two decades ago, Hodgson decided not to take Bonvin to the World Cup, a decision he still regards as one of the biggest mistakes of his international career. To understand why, we delved through the archives and crunched some numbers. But first, let’s hear more of Hodgson, who was speaking on a fascinating episode of The Footballers’ Football Show on Sky Sports earlier this week.Related Articles
“I do regret taking people who hardly featured, on the basis that he was the next best player in that position,” he said. “Mike Kelly [his long-time assistant manager] said to me: ‘Why are you doing this? Do you think we’re going to use 23 players?’”
The answer, almost invariably, is no. Not one country at the last World Cup used all 23 players – although Germany fell just one short. A closer inspection of the players left on the sidelines reveals how most big tournament squads fail to make the most effective use of their numbers.
In short: countries nearly always pick too many defenders. If you’re short on time, you can probably stop reading there. If you want to get deep down and statty, push on.
Thanks. At the last World Cup a grand total of 80 outfield players went to the tournament but didn’t play a single minute.
<noframes>Interactive chart: Non-appearing squad players at 2010 World Cup</noframes>
Of these, 44 – more than half – were defenders. Twenty-eight were midfielders, and only eight were forwards. Two of those eight were Nigerian: Brown Ideye, who was called up as a late replacement for the injured John Obi Mikel, and John Utaka, latterly of Portsmouth, now of Sivasspor in Turkey.
This is the point. In order to go to the World Cup as a striker and not play, you have to be as bad as John Utaka.
<noframes>Interactive chart: Non-appearing players for England since 1980 </noframes>
From 1980 onwards, 40 outfield players have come home from a major tournament without getting their boots dirty. Six were forwards, 10 midfielders and 24 were defenders, including the perennially unfortunate Viv Anderson, who went to the 1982 and 1986 World Cups and Euro 1988 without playing a single minute.
Why do so many defenders end up on the sidelines? Partly, it’s because of a mathematical quirk. Under Fifa rules, three of your 23 players have to be goalkeepers. That leaves 20 spots for 10 outfield positions, which even the most innumerate of you will have noted is two each.
Before the last World Cup, Fabio Capello explained how he would go about building his squad. “Always two in each position,” he said.
There’s a problem with this. Football is not an 11-man game, and hasn’t been for more than half a century. In an international tournament, with its variety of challenges, you need different options from the bench. For this reason, by the very nature of their role, substitutes tend to be attacking players.
Of the 60 most frequent substitutes in the Premier League this season, only two – Nacho Monreal and Massadio Haidara – are defenders. By packing the squad with eight defenders, you reduce your ability to change the game from the bench.
So how many is enough? Personally, I would say six, especially if you have a midfielder who can slot into defence in an emergency, like Spain’s Javi Martinez. England have James Milner, who could potentially play right-back in an injury crisis. It may not be ideal, but then injury crises rarely are in any case.
Too many defenders and you guarantee yourself passengers, as England did at Euro 2012, when Martin Kelly, Leighton Baines, Phil Jones and Phil Jagielka all failed to appear. Imagine if two of those places had gone to Daniel Sturridge and Michael Carrick. Even an in-form Grant Holt might have had more of an impact.
The worst-case-scenario counter-argument goes something like: what if you only pick one left-back – say Leighton Baines – and then he gets injured? The answer is that Glen Johnson moves over, Milner or Jones or Chris Smalling comes in, and the world continues to turn on its axis.
The worst case scenario, in fact, is the one faced by England in 2006 – Michael Owen gets injured, and your remaining options up front are an unfit Wayne Rooney, a 17-year-old Theo Walcott or Peter Crouch. And that’s it. Five strikers should be a bare minimum.
In any case, juggling resources is part of the art of management. Few professional squads are as small as 23 these days, so covering all bases requires a little foresight, a little imagination, and a good deal of skill. At any rate, it should involve a little more thought than simply going through the team and picking two players for each position.
The hope is that with more time to prepare and ponder his choices, Hodgson will heed the lesson of Bonvin. “I made a big mistake,” he said. “At the time, my thinking was that if you want two right-backs, you have to choose the next best right-back. If you want four centre-halves, you’ve got to choose the best four. Mike said: 'Why don’t you reserve a certain number of places for people who you think are good fellows, good travellers, or people who have helped us along the way?'”
In the event, Hodgson’s 1994 Switzerland team were thumped 3-0 by Spain in the last-16. No disgrace in that, of course, but it meant that five Swiss players ended the tournament without kicking a ball. They were Stephan Lehmann and Martin Brunner, two goalkeepers; midfielder Sebastien Fournier, the youngest member of the squad; and Andre Egli and Martin Rueda. Two reserve defenders.Sport » International » Football News »
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