By their own high standards, England's record at the FIFA U-20 World Cup is somewhat disappointing, achieving one fourth-placed finish in 1981 and third place 12 years later. Their most recent showing at Colombia 2011 was also underwhelming. Brian Eastick’s men qualified for the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams in the group stages. England then went on to lose 1-0 in the Round of 16 to Nigeria.
The Three Lions qualified for their tenth FIFA U-20 World Cup after reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA U-19 Championship in Estonia. They won their group with seven points, drawing their first game 1-1 against Croatia before winning their two final group matches 2-1 against Serbia and France, with all five of their goals coming from different scorers. Those victories confirmed their place in the knockout stages, where they lost 2-1 to Greece after extra time.
Peter Taylor, a former England senior team caretaker manager, is taking a two-month contract to lead the team into Turkey. Taylor, who is 60, took charge of just one match for England, when he notably made David Beckham captain of the Three Lions for the first time. Prior to that he took charge of England’s U-21 squad between 1996-1999 before returning for a second spell between the years of 2004-2007. In his two spells as England Under-21s manager Taylor lost just three competitive matches, winning 26 and drawing 11.