Group C comes to a close on Saturday with Uruguay, who have already booked their passage to the knockout rounds of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011, taking on England. John Peacock’s European outfit have taken points from their two previous games – a win and a draw – but they will be eager to finish strong.
Uruguay-England, Saturday 25 June, Torreon, 15:00 (local time)
The weather in Torreon is expected to be much hotter and more humid than in Pachuca, where England played their two first games: a 2-0 win over Rwanda and a wild 2-2 draw with North American outfit Canada. Even so, coach Peacock is expecting a good performance from his men, who have looked lively so far. “We have plenty of time to adjust and the heat will not be a problem, he said. The coach has been getting good production from left-side flank player Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and his options in attack are many, with Hallam Hope, Blair Turgott, Nick Powell and Adam Morgan all putting in bright showings so far.
Uruguay, for their part, are already through to the round of 16 after a dramatic late winner in their last game at Pachuca’s Estadio Hidalgo saw off a brave challenge from African upstarts Rwanda. Coach Fabian Coito has assembled a side that is loaded with defensive grit and effectiveness, and their counter-attacking style has proven a handful for opponents so far in Mexico. “We are not only a defensive side, but defence is the building block for a good team,” the boss said. “We defend from the front to the back.” In Juan Cruz Mascia, the coach also has one of the finest strikers at these finals, but it still remains to be seen if he will rest a few of his usual starters with progression already assured.
0 - the number of goals that Uruguay have conceded here at the U-17 finals. Their opening 3-0 win was followed by a 1-0 win over Rwanda on Wednesday. England, after opening with a clean sheet, conceded two against Canada in a thriller of a draw.
“Our heads are up and we’re ready to bounce back against Uruguay. We’re looking forward to it. We just need to keep playing our normal game and that should be enough to get us by – be patient and keep the ball, do what we normally do,” England striker Blair Turgott.
“We are happy to be through to the next round, but we will want to keep doing what we’ve been doing and not lose our rhythm in the final game against England. We want to keep tight at the back and through the field and keep playing our kind of football,” Uruguay coach Fabian Coito.