Internationals: Humphreys to replace injured Edun for Young Lions in World Cup

Internationals: Humphreys to replace injured Edun for Young Lions in World Cup

The talented 17-year-old centre-back will join up with his international team-mates ahead of their World Cup opener against New Guinea this weekend.

Ahead of England‘s attempt for glory at this year’s u17 World Cup, Neil Dewsnip‘s Young Lions have already suffered an injury blow. Fulham‘s Tayo Edun has withdrawn from the squad in Chile – just a day ahead of their tournament opener against New Guinea.The teenager has been ruled out with a groin injury, and the injury is undoubtedly a big blow for the left-back indeed. Playing his trade for the u21’s at club level, Tayo was eagerly anticipating the competition itself – not least because his inclusion in the squad was a surprise to him.

Tayo’s injury a real blow

Having been sent off in two consecutive fixtures prior to his selection, he vowed to prove the manager right – that his presence in the squad would not go amiss. Unfortunately, injury has struck.

Humphreys called up to replace him

Another talented defender has been called up in his absence, though. Manchester City centre-back Cameron Humphreys, who wowed plenty of supporters with his mature defensive display during their pre-season defeat against La Liga giants Real Madrid, is already on a flight to link up with his international team-mates in south America having initially been placed on the standby list.

Given his reputation for both club and country, as well as his experience and un-deniable quality, questions were asked as to why he wasn’t included in the 21-man squad to begin with. But, plenty of Citizens‘ fans will be looking on from a distance – hoping he can continue to impress, as he’s one of few players expected to make the switch from youth football to the rigours of first-team football in the next year or two.

As quoted by the, manager Dewsnip said Tayo’s injury was a “big blow” and the whole squad “feel for him”, especially as the injury will rule him out of the tournament – where they wish him a speedy recovery to full fitness. On Humphreys, he said: “It’s a massive opportunity for Cameron. We’ll be working hard to get him fully settled in as quickly as possible.

England’s first World Cup fixture is against New Guinea, with kick-off scheduled for a 8PM BST start on Saturday evening. I’ll have a match report posted here straight after the final whistle, so stay tuned for that!

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