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Harry, Alex feature but it's World Cup agony for U20s

Posted on 29 June 2013  - 23:01

Harry Kane and Alex Pritchard were left frustrated by Egypt goalkeeper Awad Mossad as England bowed out of the FIFA U20s World Cup on Saturday night.

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Needing a win to progess to the knockout stages, the Young Lions were denied time after time by Mossad before eventually succumbing to a 2-0 defeat in Bursa, Turkey.

Harry started for the third time in three matches and had a couple of chances in the first half, the best dragged wide after good work to find space in the penalty area from Larnell Cole's pass.

'Pritch' joined the fray off the bench at the start of the second half and was soon thwarted by Mossad after firing in a shot from John Stones' cross.

England came closest to breaking the deadlock when Alex was upended on the edge of the box and Eric Dier's free-kick beat Mossad only to hit the crossbar.

Disaster then struck as Egypt scored through Trezeget with 12 minutes remaining.

There was still time for Pritchard to provide chances for Harry - again denied by Mossad - and Tom Thorpe before Egypt struck the the hammer blow on the break as Hassan Ahmed made it a final 2-0 scoreline.

That result meant England finished bottom of Group E with Iraq topping the group after beating Chile.