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Taylor woe as England kids go out; WORLD UNDER-20s.


ENGLAND made another miserable tournament exit as Peter Taylor's side crashed out of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Needing a victory to advance from the group stage to the last 16 after starting their campaign with successive draws, England failed to make their superiority count.

They were doomed once Trezeguet curled Egypt in front 11 minutes from time.

Ross Barkley had been denied before the break, and Eric Dier did curl a free-kick against the bar midway through the second half before Harry Kane fluffed a golden chance to level.

But Hassan Ahmed's stoppage-time effort piled further humilation on to an England outfit that slumped to rock bottom of Group E as Iraq and Chile went through. England have now gone 16 matches without a win at this level and a summer that promised so much will instead trigger another bout of navel-gazing.

Given the bitter disappointment surrounding the Under-21 team's performances at their European Championships this summer, the jury will now be out regarding the FA's development strategies.

Taylor, widely tipped to be on the short list to succeed Stuart Pearce as Under-21 boss, has hardly covered himself with glory as Under-20 supremo this summer.

England probably wrecked their chances by tossing away a 2-0 in their opener against Iraq. A band of highly-rated players badly under-achieved.


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 30, 2013
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