Peter Taylor has spoken of the difficulty he had leaving out certain players of his England Under 20 squad that will travel to the World Cup in Turkey.
Taylor told thefa.com: “I’m very happy with the squad. We had 27 players training with us at the camp recently, so it was difficult to leave out some of them in the end because everyone trained very well.
“But I’m quite pleased with the positions that we’ve got. We have certain players who can play in a couple of positions so we have plenty of alternatives.
“I think there is a good blend and a decent balance there.
“I tried to look at all different things, like the people who perhaps haven’t played so much but will be feeling fresh and certainly the ones who are in form as well.
“When we had the training camp, everybody was terrific towards each other and there was a really good spirit.”
He has now selected 21 players, cut from an initial 35 to take to Turkey.
“I’ve watched a lot of players and football and it was very difficult,” he explained.
“Some players were out on loan and not playing so it was difficult to see them.
“But I watched the majority of them and with the majority of clubs that I’ve been to, everybody has been very good and the managers have been terrific, letting me watch training and speak to the players.”
A lot of familiar faces are named in the squad including Eric Dier, Ross Barkley, Gael Bigirimana, Larnell Cole, James Ward Prowse and Harry Kane.
Taylor has a strong selection in a competition that much of Europe tends to struggle to make a serious go of because of the under 19 and under 21 age groups taking precedence, and both having major tournaments this summer.
South America’s contingent will be strong because their under 20 age group is a main step in the road to the senior sides, with the South American Youth Championship focusing on this age group.
For the top South American players to look out for, look no further than here.
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), George Long (Sheffield United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough).
Defenders: Sam Byram (Leeds United), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Danny Potts (West Ham United), Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), John Stones (Everton), Tom Thorpe (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Gael Bigirimana (Newcastle United), Conor Coady (Liverpool), Larnell Cole (Manchester United), John Lundstram (Everton), James Ward Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Chris Long (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough).