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World Cup spot on offer for Ellery and England tomorrow

Young Lions face Norway in Under-20 World Cup Play-Off

25 July 2018

England's Under-19s have an instant chance to bounce back from their European Championship exit with a World Cup Play-Off game against Norway in Seinäjoki tomorrow. The match will be played at the OmaSp Stadion, kick-off 11am, with the winner booking their spot in next summer's Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

Monday's 5-0 defeat at the hands on France, which would have been worse were it not for a string of fine saves from The Bees stopper, meant Paul Simpson's side finished third Group B, missing out on a place in the semi-finals and automatic qualification for next summer's global showpiece.

However, The Young Lions have one more chance to secure qualification, and end the tournament on a high, tomorrow against Norway in the fifth-place Play-Off. The Norweigans finished third in Group A with four points from three matches, thanks to an injury-time win over hosts Finland and a 1-1 draw against Italy. 

Ellery, who signed a new four-year First-Team deal last month, has played every minute so far in Finland, taking his tally of caps for England at Under-19 level to eight. In total, the 18-year-old, has made 12 appearances at youth level for England from Under-18 to Under-20 level.

England are currently defending Under-20 World Cup Champions after their triumph in South Korea last summer. That victorious squad included new Brentford signing Ezri Konsa, who replaced fellow Bee Rico Henry, in the travelling party and featured in the semi-final victory over Italy.

Unlike previous England games during the tournament, which have been shown on Sky Sports, tomorrow's game will not be televised.


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