The tournament kicks-off today (Friday, June 21) in Turkey.
Young Lions open their campaign against Iraq on Sunday before matches
against Chile on Wednesday and Egypt on Saturday week, June 29.
Chris, our Senior Professional Phase Coach, actually managed the England team at the same tournament in 1999.
a personal level, I’m pleased and proud to add this tournament to my
experiences and I believe it’s always important to stay right at the
cutting edge," said Chris, who is manager Peter Taylor's assistant in
"I can go there and see new trends that might well help
the club and also work with the likes of Peter Taylor and Ugo Ehiogu, so
I’m really excited."
Harry Kane and Alex Pritchard are our
playing representatives in the squad and Chris believes the tournament
will provide a wealth of experience for both.
"For players like
Harry and Pritch to be involved in a tournament like this can only be
beneficial for their careers, and therefore the club," he added.
Smith was outstanding in the last Under-20 World Cup in 2011 and that
provided the platform for good loan spells and making it into the
Under-21 squad. That shows what performing in a tournament like this can
do for you."