Two FIFA U-17 World Cup first-timers meet in this Round of 16 clash at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Jeju with an eye on reaching the quarter-finals of the competition. At the final whistle one team will be celebrating, but another will be packing their suitcases for a long journey home.
Having defeated Brazil and New Zealand en route to topping Group B, the Three Lions will be favourites going into this match, although they will have to be on their guard against a Syria team who are more than capable of mixing it with the best. In the group stage, they displayed a well-organised defence and a potent goal threat, but then again so did England. A clash with Germany or the USA awaits the winners of this game.
England's Tom Taiwo is ruled out of the match following his last-minute red card against Brazil, while Syria's Ahmad Alsalih and Tamer Haj Mohamd picked up two yellow cards in the group stages and have consequently received a one match ban.
England and Syria cross paths on the football field for only the second time in history. Their one previous meeting also took place at a FIFA youth tournament, the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1991, when the sides drew 3-3.
"The victory over Brazil will mean absolutely nothing if we don't keep on progressing. There is a long, long way to go and we have to remain totally focused," England coach John Peacock.
"I know that the players will be motivated when they take to the pitch - they will be full of running, full of heart and pride for our country," Syria coach Mohamad Aljomaa.