14/06/2013 09:30, Report by Nick Coppack
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Johnstone backs U-20s

“But we have some very good individuals, so if we can bring that together we’ll be a good match for anyone.

“A lot of the lads have played a lot for their clubs this season in the first teams so I think it’s a good group of players. Hopefully everyone can bring their own experience to the team and we can be successful.”

Johnstone, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Championship side Walsall last season, is vying for the no.1 shirt alongside Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough) and George Long (Sheffield United).

Reds team-mates Thorpe and Cole will also hope their performances last season and at the pre-tournament training camp have been enough to force their way into Taylor’s starting XI.

“We’ve got some good players here and the lads from United have done well this season so it’s great to have them in the squad,” Johnstone said. “We’ve had 10 days’ training, with a break in between, and it’s been good.

“It was the first time I’ve been to [new England training facility] St. George’s Park and it’s good – we managed to do

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Under-20s World Cup

England's Group E fixtures:

Sun 23 June vs Iraq
Wed 26 June vs Chile
Sat 29 June vs Egypt

United players:

Sam Johnstone (England)
Tom Thorpe (England)
Larnell Cole (England)
Guillermo Varela (Uruguay)
Angelo Henriquez (Chile)


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