England coach hails Tottenham academy duo
By Harvey Byrne
England Under-20s coach Andy Edwards has hailed Tottenham academy duo Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters after their World Cup triumph earlier in the month.
The young Three Lions team showed the world that the future is looking bright for England as they ran out winners of the Under-20s tournament in South Korea following a 1-0 victory over Venezuela.
Both Walker-Peters and Onomah were gifted the full 90 minutes in the final after starring performances for Paul Simpson’s side throughout the tournament.
Now, Edwards, who has been involved with the FA for four months after having previously managed Leyton Oreint has spoken highly of the young Tottenham pair and even went as far to name Onomah as one of the standout player in the final.
“Josh was outstanding throughout the whole tournament and everyone would agree his red card in the Mexico game was absolutely ridiculous,” said Edwards, as quoted by Ham&High.
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“It was never a sending-off, but he came back into the team for the final and I thought he was one of our stand-out players against Venezuela.
“Kyle wasn’t in the side for the first two games, but made his first appearance against South Korea at left-back.
“We had an injury to Rico Henry of Brentford, who had to fly home unfortunately, so Kyle came in and he was exceptional in the third group game (1-0 win over South Korea) and never looked back.
“I thought he was great going forward, had good pace and quick feet, but was also very strong defensively. When he was defending one-on-one situations and from a positional sense, he was spot-on.
“If you win a World Cup you need players performing at a high level and one to 21 we did, but I thought Kyle was very exciting to watch and as an attacking full-back, he has a very good future.”
Onomah, 20, has already made 32 appearances for the Tottenham first team with 12 of those coming in the last campaign.
He will now be looking for further experience in the next campaign, where the attacking midfielder will be hoping to start his first Premier League match.
Meanwhile, Walker-Peters, also 20 is still waiting for his senior debut, but the expected departure of Kyle Walker could present him with an opportunity.
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