Preview: Egypt U-20 face England with an eye to the World Cup last 16

Mahmoud Elassal, Friday 28 Jun 2013

Egypt's last hope for a place in the final 16 of the U-20 World Cup is to beat England in the final match of Group E on Saturday

Egypt U-20 national team

Egypt U-20 national team are set to face England in the final game of the World Cup group stage in Turkey, searching for a place in the 16th round of the tournament on Saturday.

The Young Pharaohs are on the brink of U-20 World Cup exit after losing their first two games. They suffered a 2-1 loss to Chile as well as to Iraq, leaving Iraq and Chile with four points each, two ahead of third-placed England.

This leaves the Pharaohs, though, bottom of their Group E with no points.

Under the helm of the coach Rabie Yassine, Egypt's only hope would be to beat England in their last group game on Saturday.

"We can still reach the 16th round of the World Cup as one of the top four third-placed teams," Yassine told a television programme.

Fifty-two year-old tactician Rabie Yassine promised to avoid mistakes they made when they lost to Chile and Iraq.

"The players did their best throughout the game but we suffered from the lack of defence performance,

"I will work hard with the players to forget the bad outcome," the tactician concluded.

Early last week the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) extended their confidence to the Youth national team, despite being down to zero points and losing two games, believing they still can make it through to the last 16 of the World Cup.

Egypt's best position at the World Cup was a third-place finish in 2001 in Argentina.


Egypt's probable line-up:

Goalkeeper: Mosad Awad

Defenders: Mahmoud Metwalli, Rami Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Ahmed Samir.

Midfielders: Mahmoud Hamad, Osama Ibrahim, Mahmoud 'Kahraba', Saleh Gomaa, Mahmoud 'Trezeguet'

Striker: Ahmed Hassan'Kouka'

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