Young Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone believes his England team-mates can be “a match for anyone” at this month’s Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
The tournament kicks off on Friday 21 June and Johnstone is joined in the England squad by fellow Reds Tom Thorpe and Larnell Cole. New signing Guillermo Varela and striker Angelo Henriquez will also line up for Uruguay and Chile respectively.
England’s U-21 team suffered the ignominy of finishing bottom of their group at the current European Championship following losses to Italy, Norway and Israel. Stuart Pearce’s side scored just one goal in those three games, but Johnstone is confident the U-20s can go one better.
His team, managed by Peter Taylor, will face Chile, Egypt and Iraq in Group E, with the young Three Lions ‘ first encounter against Iraq on Sunday 23 June (19:00 BST).
“It’s going to be a tough task in the group,” said Johnstone, who arrived in Turkey with the England team on Thursday.
“When you look at the group, it’s going to be tougher than what it may first appear.
England's Group E fixtures:
Sun 23 June vs Iraq
Wed 26 June vs Chile
Sat 29 June vs Egypt
Sam Johnstone (England)
Tom Thorpe (England)
Larnell Cole (England)
Guillermo Varela (Uruguay)
Angelo Henriquez (Chile)