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Five Everton players in England Under-20 World Cup squad

PL2-winning Toffees’ Under-23 squad is well-represented

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The Under-20 World Cup will be played this summer in South Korea, and five Everton players have been selected for the England team to play in the championship. Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny, Kieran Dowell, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman are in the 21-man squad named by manager Paul Simpson for the tournament which begins on May 20th.

Centerhalf Connolly has 4 goals in 29 youth international appearances, and was a key member of the Everton Under-23 squad that won the Premier League 2 title last month, though he spent the second half of the season at WIgan Athletic who were relegated from the Championship.

Kenny has been a part of multiple senior matchday squads this season, and saw 12 minutes of action over the weekend for Everton. He has played in 33 youth internationals and has one goal.

Midfielder Kieran Dowell looked to be ready to break into the senior squad last season but took a step back this year with Tom Davies upstaging him. However, Dowell has had a good season for the U-23s with five goals and seven assists in 21 games. Dowell has 20 youth caps.

Calvert-Lewin has been a big part of Ronald Koeman’s plans in recent weeks, getting plenty of game time playing off Romelu Lukaku. He’s also adapted well playing in unfamiliar positions like against Chelsea where he basically supported the midfield all game. He has four goals in eight youth international appearances, and for Everton he’s scored four times for the Under-23s and once for the senior team.

Lookman has fallen off the Everton radar a little bit after an explosive start following his signing in the January transfer window. He has featured in 8 Everton games this year, and has 14 youth international caps after choosing to stay with the England over Nigeria.

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In the tournament England are pitted against Argentina, Guinea and hosts South Korea., with the top two teams in the six groups making it into the knockout round, joined by the four best third-placed teams. The final of the Under-20 World Cup is scheduled for June 11th.