Meet the squad - England MU20s
As England prepare for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina, find out more about the players representing the Young Lions
England men's under-20s kick-off their FIFA U20 World Cup campaign in Argentina this month, with their group games against Tunisia, Uruguay and Iraq.
Ian Foster's Young Lions have been preparing for this competition, which was initially set to be played in Indonesia until the host nations were switched earlier this year, across the season on the back of qualifying via their performance at last summer's UEFA U19 EURO when they won the title.
And after Foster selected his World Cup squad before the group travelled to South America, here's some more information on the head coach and players who will be representing England this summer, starting with the head coach.
Ian Foster - After initially joining as England men's under-18s coach back in 2019, the Liverpool-born boss took on the MU19s in 2021 and led them to the U19 EURO title last summer. Prior to taking over the MU18s, he had served as an assistant coach to Steve Cooper with the MU17s and MU18s, following spells as a manager in Ireland with Galway United and Dundalk as well as coaching roles with the Coventry City academy and Portsmouth FC. Read more about Foster and his coaching philosophy here. As a player, he was a striker with Liverpool as a young player, before going on to represent the likes of Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers and Chester.
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James Beadle (Brighton & Hove Albion) – This is a first MU20s call-up for Beadle, who has featured for England MU19s this season, helping them to reach the U19 EURO elite qualifying round in March. Having spent time with Charlton Athletic as a youngster, Beadle moved to Brighton where he moved through the ranks. He spent time on loan with Crewe Alexandra earlier this season.
Matthew Cox (Brentford) – After starting his career with Chelsea as a boy and then coming through the youth ranks with AFC Wimbledon, the goalkeeper moved to Brentford in the summer of 2021. He was a regular in the MU19s squad last season as they won the EURO title, having previously been capped at MU17s level.
Teddy Sharman-Lowe (Chelsea) – Born in Leicester, Sharman has been capped at MU17s, MU19s and MU20s level. Teddy was with Burton Albion’s youth academy when he was signed by Chelsea in September 2020 before being loaned back to the club.
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Callum Doyle (Coventry City, loan from Manchester City) – After spending an impressive season on loan with Coventry City this season and aiding their play-off charge in the Championship, the Mancunian central defender will be a late arrival to Argentina after their tie at Wembey with Luton Town on Saturday 27 May. Find out more on his story.
Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United) – Born in Harlow, central defender Ronnie was first picked up by Barnet before his move to Peterborough, where he’s become a first-team regular. His first taste of international football came with the MU19s in October 2021 and he went on to be a major part of the team which won the EURO title last summer. Find out more about his story.
Bashir Humphreys (Chelsea) – Capable of playing across the defence, the former Reading youngster featured for England at MU16s level before really making his mark in the MU19s as he won the EURO title in Slovakia. He’s been out on loan in Germany with Paderborn in the 2022-23 season.
Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Coventry City, loan from Arsenal) – The pacy and powerful right-back has enjoyed two successful loan spells in the Championship with both Rotherham United and Coventry City this season and will report to join the England squad after the play-off final at Wembley. Another member of the MU19s team from last year, having initially been in the MU18s squad at the start of the season before moving up into the MU19s in the new year.
Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford) – Originally on the books of Arsenal, he moved across the capital to Brentford in the summer of 2021 and has gone from strength-to-strength since then. Prior to this season, he’s also picked up international caps with England MU17s and MU19s.
Jarell Quansah (Liverpool) – A ball-playing central defender, who was also a mainstay of the MU19 EURO-winning team, after scoring England’s semi-final winner against Italy. He comes from Warrington and has been in Liverpool’s academy since he was five. Previously capped by England at MU17s level.
Imari Hines-Samuels (Brighton & Hove Albion) – It was a first MU20s call-up for the left-back for the World Cup, after catching the eye with Brighton this season. Formerly with Reading where he came through the youth ranks before switching to the South Coast in the summer of 2022, he had previously featured for England at MU17 level.
Carney Chukwuemeka (Chelsea) – One of the key figures in last year’s U19 EURO success and a real technician in midfield. Austrian-born, but he grew up in Northampton and joined Aston Villa’s academy at the age of 12 before working his way into the first team squad under Steven Gerrard. He then switched clubs to Chelsea last summer and has continued to feature regularly for England this term. He’s expected to join the squad once the Premier League season finishes.
Alfie Devine (Tottenham Hotspur) – Despite growing up in the Rugby League stronghold of St. Helens and having a father who played professionally, Alfie spent time with Liverpool as a youngster before joining Wigan Athletic. From there, he was signed by Spurs in 2020 and he became the club’s youngest first-team player when he featured in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Marine in January 2021. He was part of the U19 EURO squad from last summer.
Sam Edozie (Southampton) – The south Londoner started his career as a youngster with Millwall before heading north to continue his development with Manchester City’s academy teams. It resulted in one appearance for City in the 2021 FA Community Shield before he moved to Southampton with the aim of securing more regular football. He’s been capped by England at MU18, MU19 and MU20 level.
Darko Gyabi (Leeds United) – The former Millwall and Manchester City youngster was captain of England MU19s this season, as they reached the second qualifying stage before exiting their EURO tournament in March. A combative and exciting player, Darko joined Leeds in the summer of 2022 and has featured in their first team this season.
Alex Scott (Bristol City) – A Channel Islander from Guernsey, Scott has been a regular for Bristol City and one of the stand-out talents in the Championship over the last two seasons since joining the club from Guernsey FC. He’s also featured for England MU19s and MU20s throughout the season.
Xavier Simons (Hull City) – There was a late call-up for the versatile midfielder, who was added to the squad as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey who had to withdraw through injury. A former Brentford and Chelsea youngster, Simons has played for the Young Lions at a number of age groups and previously featured under Ian Foster during the 2021-22 MU19s' campaign.
Harvey Vale (Chelsea) – The Chelsea playmaker was England’s captain as they lifted the U19 EURO title last summer. This season saw him experience a loan spell with Hull City and also remain a key player in the middle for Ian Foster’s MU20s. Born in Haywards Heath in Sussex, Vale was initially with Fulham as a youngster before joining Chelsea.
Liam Delap (Manchester City) – The son of former Carlisle, Derby and Stoke player Rory Delap, Liam has been a regular on the England development scene for a number of years and has been capped at both MU17, MU18 and MU19 level. Born in Winchester, while his father was playing at Southampton, he was initially with Derby County before joining Manchester City and he spent time out on loan with Stoke City and Preston North End this season.
Daniel Jebbison (Sheffield United) – Born in Canada, but a native of Derby, the striker enjoyed an impressive loan spell with Burton Albion last season as well as being a regular in the England MU19s squad en-route to their EURO success.
Mateo Joseph (Leeds United) – The rangy striker was born in Spain, where he played with the youth teams at Racing Santander and Espanyol before moving to Elland Road in January 2022. His first international call-up came in March when Ian Foster selected him for three games, ironically held in Spain.
Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotspur) – A lethal finisher up front, the Spurs striker grew up in Uxbridge, west London. Some of his goals were crucial in helping the Young Lions win the U19 EURO and he spent the 2022-23 campaign on loan at Portsmouth while also remaining a regular in the England set-up.