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The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off in Turkey later this month and will feature a number of the most exciting prospects in world football. 
Everton quintet Ross Barkley, Luke Garbutt, Chris Long, John Lundstram and John Stones will all be representing England, with Blues stars making up almost a quarter of Peter Taylor’s squad for the tournament.
Barkley has already been earmarked as one of a number of players to look out for with Juventus’ highly-rated midfielder Paul Pogba representing France alongside reported Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Manchester United’s latest signing, Guillermo Varela, will also be on show for Uruguay with Liverpool’s Suso and Gerrard Deulofeo, a product of Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth system, leading the line for favourites Spain.
With the Young Lions' campaign beginning against Iraq in Antalya on 23 June, here takes a look at who our players will be competing against for a place in Taylor’s starting XI.
England’s defence could feature an Everton full-back on either side but both Stones and Garbutt face plenty of competition for a starting spot. 
Jon Flanagan can play on either flank but only made a handful of appearances during the 2012/13 campaign after falling behind fellow youngsters Andre Wisdom and Jack Robinson in the pecking order at Liverpool. 
West Ham left-back Daniel Potts is also in contention for a starting spot but he was limited to two appearances for the club last term. Middlesbrough’s Adam Reach impressed on Teeside and will also be vying for a start following two goals in 20 appearances for Boro.
There is plenty of competition for a starting spot in England’s midfield with both Barkley and Lundstram competing with a number of players who have Premier League experience.
Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady was recently named as England’s captain for the World Cup by manager Taylor. He captained the England U17 side that won the European Championship three years ago when the Three Lions defeated Spain 2-1 in the final. 
James Ward-Prowse has also captained England in the past and will be aiming for a start after making several Premier League appearances for Southampton following their return to the top flight.
Newcastle’s Gael Bigirimana is a newcomer to the team after earning a first call-up to the national side following some impressive displays under Alan Pardew during the second half of last season. 
Larnell Cole will also come into contention after hitting the headlines at the end of last campaign as he helped Manchester United lift the Barclays Under-21 Premier League with some notable displays. 
An outsider for a starting berth could be Tottenham youngster Alex Pritchard who made six appearances on loan for Peterborough last campaign before an ankle injury kept him on the sidelines. 
Blues forward Long also faces competition for a starting position after making a late run into the U20s frame.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane made his first team debut as a substitute for the club at the start of last season before joining Norwich and Leicester on loan. Kane has an impressive record at international level and has scored six goals in 14 appearances for England U19s. 
Luke Williams is another candidate having scored two goals in his 14 matches for Middlesbrough in the Championship. Like Kane, Williams has made a number of appearances for England U17s and U19s, scoring his only goal against Switzerland in June 201l.

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