Yet England coach Brian Eastick has been forced to make many changes since then, with only two players out of that 18-man squad making the trip to Egypt. In contrast, all of Uruguay's leading lights at this level are expected to face Egypt; with danger men Abel Hernandez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Santiago Garcia all raring to go.
Both sides will be looking to secure their first points of the competition in this match, with the draw arguably suiting both sides. Should England score, they will end a 581 minute-long drought in this competition having failed to score in the 1999 and 2003 editions, although Eastick and his charges may be happy with a 0-0 result. It will be a difficult task to stop La Celeste (the Blues) from scoring after they netted 21 goals in nine games to reach Egypt.
0 - England have never beaten South American opposition at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In five previous attempts they have managed just four draws and one defeat, a 2-1 loss to Argentina in 1997.
"We've been preparing well and the players have applied themselves superbly, but Uruguay are the favourites. They are a very good side, an excellent team who are a real threat going forward. We will have to defend well if we are going to get something out of the game," Brian Eastick, England coach.
"I am very happy with the way my team are preparing for the tournament. We've been working hard for this - and our goal is to reach the semi-finals. We have a very good team and I'm hopeful that we're in good form. England will be tough opponents for us -they always are," Diego Aguirre, Uruguay coach.