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Italy v England: Under-20 World Cup semi-final – live!

Italy (3-5-2): Zaccagno; Romagna, Vitale, Coppolaro; Scalera, Pessina, Orsolini, Mandragora, Dimarco; Panico, Favilli

Substitutes: Plizzari, Vido, Sernicola, Cassata, Ghiglione, Marchizza, Bifulco, Perisan, Pezzella, Barella

These are exciting times for England, or at least it feels that way. England Under-20s are on the cusp of history, 90 minutes or so away from reaching their first World Cup final after beating Mexico in the quarter-finals. The last time they got this far, in 1993, they had to settle for not second-best for third on the podium. There is a confidence that they can go all of the way this time, though, with an exciting squad, led by Paul Simpson, the former Shrewsbury Town manager. Lewis Cook of Bournemouth will again captain a side that is brimming with exciting attacking talent, including Dominic Solanke and Ademola Lookman. Tottenham’s Josh Onomah is suspended.

Italy, their opponents today, have form of upsetting England though. It was Italy who knocked out the Under-19s, featuring much of the team that will lineup this afternoon, in the European Championship in Germany last year. England Under-18s are in action later this afternoon too, so there’s a real hope of a double whammy. The Young Lions play Scotland in the semi-final of the Toulon Tournament almost 6,000 miles away in Fos-sur-Mer.

Related: Only Italy stand in the way of first World Cup final for England Under-20s

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