England enter Under-20s World Cup with 'winning mentality', says captain Coady

The Liverpool youngster led the Young Lions to victory at the Under-17s European Championships in 2010 and is confident that they can make their country proud in Turkey
England enter the Under-20s World Cup with a "winning mentality", insists captain Conor Coady ahead of their opening game against Iraq on Sunday.

The country's Under-21s exited the European Championships limply this summer but the Liverpool youngster, who skippered the Young Lions to victory at the Under-17s European Championships in 2010, feels that triumph can inspire his side to better.

"This squad have got a winning mentality. We have a core that have come up from winning the Under-17s tournament and others who did well for the Under-19s," Coady told reporters.

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"We are used to winning games and beating good teams, and the other lads who have come in can take on that mentality. We go out to win and we’ll be very ­disappointed if we come home early. We want to get as far as possible and win every game.

"You can either be here with the Under-20s or be on holiday somewhere and I'm sure all the lads with us would rather be here.

"I don't think you are going to improve ­unless you play in tournaments like this and test yourself against the best.

"During the Under-17s, we played against Spanish lads, like Gerard Deulofeu, who's at Barcelona, and a good striker called Paco. Paul Pogba is playing at this tournament for France and he's been playing for Juventus and has played in the Champions League.

"I like watching Spanish and Italian games and looking at how they play compared to us so I like to test myself against those types of players. You come away better at playing against different players and styles.

"I always believe you give your all for whoever you're playing for, whatever shirt you put on. You play for that team and you want to win for that team – whether I'm wearing a Liverpool shirt or an England shirt."