Kolkata: Brazil meets England in thrilling semifinal where both the team is eyeing an encore in Kolkata on Wednesday. At stake is a berth in the final of the World Cup at the same venue on Saturday.
England have never been this far but have been one of the form teams of this tournament. “A semi-final against Brazil at such a magnificent stadium is without doubt, the biggest game for all of us. Everyone’s excited and we have nothing to fear,” said England coach Steve Cooper whose boys are now two games away from matching the U-20s who became world champions earlier this year.
“The players being guaranteed a full duration of a World Cup means invaluable experience which will put them in a better place when they play a senior World Cup,” said Cooper.
England staying till the business end of a World Cup is as unscheduled as last week’s rain in Guwahati, going by weather reports of the past 10 years according to an official of the tournament’s local organising committee. But this bunch has shaken off the bogey of tie-breakers after coming within a kick of winning the European title and in Rhian Brewster, got a player with four goals from open play. It has also played four of its five games in Kolkata.
England and Brazil have regularly met at U-15, U-17 and U-20 levels and the results have been more or less even, said Amadeu. “This is one of the best generations of youth players in the world and they should reap the benefits of this in the future,” he said of England.