It is one of the quirks of the World Cup that England and Mexico have rarely crossed paths. They have met twice in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and only once in the men’s competition, in 1966. And Wednesday’s group F tie will be their first ever in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
16:44 hrs IST: “Playing in front of 60,000 people is going to amazing, something we’re not used to and we’re all looking forward to it.” - England’s Phil Foden.
16:42 hrs IST: England lined up in the 4-2-3-1 formation against Chile and Mexico opted for 4-1-4-1.
16:40 hrs IST: “Everyone’s buzzing and really happy that they’re here, so we just can’t wait for this game.” - Jadon Sancho, who joined up with the squad last week from Borussia Dortmund.
16:35 hrs IST: This being a weekday clash, the stadium seems a lot less full. Try buying tickets online though and all you’ll see is that nothing’s available.
16:34 hrs IST: The teams have never met in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. So, like the one between England and Chile in Kolkata on Sunday, this will be a first.
16:33 hrs IST: Mexico have made one change from the team that drew 1-1 with Iraq. Defender Luis Olivas has replaced Alan Maeda in what seems a like for like replacement.
16:32 hrs IST: England have named the same team that started against Chile, meaning that for the second successive match of this World Cup, Angelo Gomes starts on the bench.
16:30 hrs IST: Good evening and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Group F match between England and Mexico.
A win on Wednesday will guarantee England a place in the last-16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. England smashed Chile four goals to nothing in their opening game. Mexico drew with Iraq 1-1 and will need full points today to go through the second round.
“We have observed England and it is true that Chile didn’t attack well but we have seen England play Brazil. It was a match that ended 0-0 and gave us an idea that England’s defence can be vulnerable,” said Mexico coach Mario Arteaga.
Arteaga said: “And Mexico are a skilful team with good attacking players. England will be aware of that…We plan on making some damage.”