The FIFA U-17 World Cup begins when Korea DPR take on England at the FIFA World Cup™ Stadium Jeju on Saturday. Although the game is not considered to be the tournament's Opening Match, it has all the ingredients to ensure a fantastic start to the event in the far east. The two teams finished as runners-up in their respective confederations and both have set their sights high to go far in this tournament. The kick-off time and subsequent conditions may suit Korea DPR, but you can never underestimate England's energy levels.
Both sides will be eager to get their respective FIFA U-17 World Cup campaigns off to the best possible start. Having been drawn in a group with CONMEBOL winners Brazil, the two teams will be looking to claim an early advantage in the first match of the tournament. Korea DPR are used to the venue and the conditions, but the Three Lions, who are making their debut in this competition, go into the match on the back of a 4-0 friendly victory over Korea Republic.
John Peacock was forced to make a late change to his squad with Tom Taiwo replacing the injured Danny Rose. The Chelsea midfielder will wear the No8 shirt for England.
The two teams have never met before in either a competitive or a friendly match (men's or women's).
England's No1 Jason Steele will be celebrating his 17 th birthday on the day of the match. The Middlesbrough stopper hopes that he will be celebrating at the final whistle too.
"I think we will win the match against England," Korea DPR coach An Ye Gun.
"We don't know that much about Korea DPR, but we have studied DVDs of their matches and I'm confident that we are well prepared for this match," England coach John Peacock.