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UEFA U19 Final Preview: England v Portugal

England U19
Portugal U19

Tengiz Burjanadze Stadioni - Gori



Gori Stadium, Georgia is expecting a 5,000 sell-out crowd for Saturday's UEFA European U19 Championship Final between England and Portugal.

Neither side has won the UEFA European U19 Championship tournament so would it be a fitting end to England's campaign if they can emulate their U20 counterparts who, last month beat Venezuela to lift the World Cup.

The match is being shown live within the UK on Eurosport 1.

Vital Quotes:

Keith Downing, England coach:

'We're delighted to be in the final. We have the utmost respect for how Portugal play; we always know it's going to be a tough match against them. They have exceptionally technically gifted players and we know their strengths will be a factor. But we're happy with the way we've progressed, the momentum we've built before and throughout the tournament, and we're happy that all the squad we brought out to Georgia have made a major contribution in getting us to the final.'

Helio Sousa, Portugal coach:

'We're where we wish to be but we know it'll be hard. We've played many times against England and it's always hard, at any level, but it's the chance to become champions of Europe and we'll do our best to win the game. England are a very strong team and I think it'll be a magnificent moment for everyone involved.'

England U19 Team News:

England expected starting XI:
Ramsdale; Sterling, Johnson, Suliman, DaSilva; Edun, Dozzell; Edwards, Mount, Sessegnon; Brereton.

Player to watch: Jay Dasilva

Cheslea defender who was on loan at Charlton last season.

Portugal U19 Team News:

Portugal expected starting XI:Diogo Costa; Diogo Dalot, Diogo Queiros, Queiros, Abdu Conte; Rui Pires; Gedson Fernandes, Quina; Mosaque Dju, Rui Pedro, Joao Filipe.

Player to watch: Rui Pires

The 19-year-old midfielder is learning his trade within the Porto B team.

Match Facts & Stats

No previous meetings.

Ref Watch:

Referee - Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant referee - Thibaud Nijssen (BEL) , Yury Khomchenko (BLR)
Fourth official - Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR).

Match Prediction:

England 2-0 Portugal

Next Fixtures:


Date:Friday July 14 2017
Time: 2:52PM

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