The past
Chile 2008 will mark England's second qualification at this participation at this particular event. Their first game in the inaugural FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada six years ago, when a team led by Mo Marley qualified from a group which contained Australia, Chinese Taipei and USA. At the quarter-finals they met a Canada side inspired by the legendary Christine Sinclair who scored five goals in a 6-2 victory.

The present
As well as booking their ticket to Chile via their performances in Iceland in July 2007, there was much rejoicing as it was the first time that England had reached the final of the UEFA Women's U-19 Championship.

"With the squad we had, which contained a couple of U17 players, we had to really dig in and when the pressure was on, the players dealt with it in a way which shows that they are developing something which coaches are always looking for but can't always be taught - a winning mentality," said Marley, who will also lead the team in Chile.

Since then, England have gained some useful experience of conditions in Chile by playing in the U-20 Four Nations Tournament alongside the hosts, Norway and USA.

The future
The popularity of women's football is growing all the time in England and with an impressive showing at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 under their belts, combined with qualification for Chile, it seems as though England are consolidating their position on the world stage.

Facts
Former stars
Anita Asante, Ellen Maggs, Alex Scott, Emily Westwood, Fara Williams

Key players
Remi Allen (forward), Stephanie Houghton (defender), Ellen White (forward)

Qualifying statistics
England reached the final of the UEFA Women's U-19 Championship, having topped a group which included France, Spain and Poland and defeated Norway 3-0 in the semi-final. Against Germany, they lost 2-0 after extra time.

The numbers game
20 - The minute in the match against Spain when Danielle Buet's free-kick hit the back of the net, booking England's place in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile.