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Owen backing England for U20 World Cup success after favourable draw

England have drawn a decent group for this summer's U20 World Championships in Turkey.

England's Under 20 side will face Iraq, Chile and the African champions in this summer's World Cup in Turkey.

Peter Taylor's side were put in Group E in Monday's draw in Istanbul, with the African side being the best team between Ghana, Mali, Egypt or Nigeria - to be confirmed on Saturday.

The 1997 tournament, held in Malaysia, saw Michael Owen star for an England side that topped their group before narrowly losing out to Argentina in the round of 16.

The striker, who announced his plans to retire at the end of the season last week, spoke to the FA's official website about the importance of the competition.

"It's obviously a big tournament and you get a lot of exceptional players," he said.

"We played against Aimar, Riquelme and Cambiasso in the Argentina team who beat us 2-1 in the last-16 stage.

"There was myself, Jamie Carragher and other players who went on to make it professionally, so it is a high-quality competition with some exceptional talent playing.

"We're talking about an age where players are just about to break through. Something like this, if they are going to go on to become international players, will be invaluable experience to get out there and play in it."

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