Young Lions watch England v Argentina classics ahead of FIFA U20 World Cup opener

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England coach Paul Simpson speaks to the media ahead of the U20 World Cup opening game against Argentina

England and Argentina are familiar foes in tournament football and U20s coach Paul Simpson has revealed his squad were given a history lesson ahead of Saturday’s World Cup opener.

The Three Lions senior team have won three and lost two of the five meetings at World Cup finals through the years.

Simpson’s youngsters watched footage of some of those matches, including England’s 1-0 win at Sapporo Dome in Japan in 2002, against an Argentina team that featured now Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Argentina v England

The 21-man England squad includes Spurs players Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah, but Simpson admits there were a few surprised faces at seeing a long-haired Pochettino in action.

“I don’t think the Spurs players knew Pochettino played in that game,” he said.

“There were a few incidents, he had a header that [David] Seaman tipped over the bar, so there was a little bit of surprise – I don’t think they knew that he was at that level as a player.

“Hopefully some of what we’ve shown them can help them to be successful at the weekend, they are fully aware of the challenge.