FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Korea Republic 2017 may well be England’s 11th trip to the finals, but they are still yet to reach a final, with it being 24 years since they last made it past the round of 16. Their best result came at Australia 1993, when a 2-1 win over the hosts saw the Young Lions clinch a podium finish and a bronze medal. Their last outing at Turkey 2013 was much less successful. Featuring now-senior regulars Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Ross Barkley and John Stones, England disappointed as the exited at the group stage with just two points to their name.

The road to Korea Republic
The first qualifiers to make it to the latest edition of the U-20 World Cup, England impressed as they went on to top their group at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke – joint-top scorer as they triumphed in the Under-17 edition two years earlier – shone, scoring against both France and Netherlands. Blues team-mate Isaiah Brown also struck twice, including a late winner against the Dutch which effectively sealed their passage to the global finals, the second of those goals setting up their third 2-1 win of the group stage against Croatia, setting up a semi-final clash with Italy. However, former coach Aidy Boothroyd’s side found themselves on the wrong side of that same scoreline, as a Federico Dimarco double sent them home, albeit with their Korea Republic ticket already in hand.

The coach
Paul Simpson will take charge of England at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic following Aidy Boothroyd’s switch to the U-21 side. A former winger, Simpson amassed more than 800 games as a professional at ten clubs including Manchester City, Oxford United and Derby County, as well as representing England at U-18 and U-21 level. As a manager, Simpson enjoyed successive promotions with Carlisle United and went on to assist former England manager Steve McClaren at Derby County and Newcastle United.

The stat
20 – When England arrive in Korea Republic it will be a month shy of the 20th anniversary of their last victory at a U-20 World Cup. A solitary goal from future Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen saw them pick up three points against Mexico on 23 June 1997, and have been waiting for another win ever since – playing 17 games in the process.