Paul Simpson has guided the England Under-20 side to the final of the Under-20 World Cup, which takes place this Sunday against Venezuela in Suwon. He has managed in the EFL at the likes of Preston North End, Rochdale and Carlisle United, but what about the players?
Therefore, we’ll taking a little bit of an in-depth look into a few of the heroes which have played a part in their success at the summer tournament. They topped a group including hosts South Korea and Italy, whilst defeating Costa Rica, Mexico and Italy as their manoeuvred their way into this weekend’s showcase.
Of course, we have a biased look at all things EFL so there is no harm in taking a look at those who are officially contracted to EFL clubs, that could easily take to the field in South Korea in a few days’ time. There are four EFL players, whilst there are a few from Newcastle United, who obviously won the Sky Bet Championship title last season. Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong play their football at St James’ Park, although first-team opportunities have been tough for them. There are a smattering of others who spent time out on loan in the EFL over the past season too.
Luke Southwood (Reading)
It would be fair to say that it would take something quite spectacular for Southwood to get onto the pitch on Sunday. He has yet to play any minute of the tournament so far in his role as third choice goalkeeper in the squad. Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman as played five of the six games, whilst number two Dean Henderson of Manchester United has appeared too. Still, Southwood is rated by his parent club Reading, and is set for a bright future in the game. He has yet to appear in the professional game for Reading or any club, so perhaps a loan move next season away from the Madejski Stadium could be on the cards.
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