Despite gaining a point in their opening game of the FIFA U20 World Cup, it should have been a lot more for Peter Taylor’s men.
They chucked away a two goal lead to draw with Iraq, including conceding a stoppage time leveller.
Conor Coady and Luke Williams put the Young Lions ahead before Ali Faez netted a penalty and Ali Adnan completed the comeback.
“I was very pleased with the way that we started and pleased to score from a set-piece but we needed to do more of the some.
“In the second half, we got another goal but didn’t defend as well I would’ve liked.
“We can definitely do better, we’re disappointed with the very late goal.” Taylor told thefa.com
“Maybe we were unlucky because we had a man injured on that side of the pitch during that particular part of play.
“We may have been a touch tired, but we can do better than that on the final goal, when we let someone come inside.
“When tiredness gets into the bodies, it can get in the brain as well and you can then make the wrong decisions.
Iraq qualified for the competition from the AFC Under 19 Championship and didn’t have to travel far to reach the tournament in Turkey.
“We knew about Iraq before the game, we studied them and everything about them was as we thought.
“They have two lively wide players and good midfield players but we knew about that.
“You could say the substitutions affected us but players were on yellow cards and were getting tired.
“We’ve got three games in a short period of time, so we have to be very careful and make changes.
“There’s been one team get a result, one team losing and two teams drawing, so the group is still very open.”
England U20s next face Chile on Wednesday.
- Taylor Names Strong England Under 20 Side (theyouthradar.com)
- FIFA U20 World Cup Preview: Team By Team Analysis (theyouthradar.com)
- FIFA U20 World Cup Preview – Group E (theyouthradar.com)