Classy young England can reach World Cup final in style
Italy may struggle to cope
U20 World Cup semi-final
Eurosport 2, midday Thursday
England Under-20s have hardly put a foot wrong at the World Cup in South Korea and they can advance to the final by defeating Italy in Jeonju.
Paul Simpson's young Lions edged past Mexico with a 1-0 victory in Monday's quarter-final despite losing Tottenham winger Josh Onomah to a 72nd-minute red card.
Onomah is suspended for the semi-final but Simpson has good options in reserve and may hand a recall to Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who got England's campaign off to the perfect start with the opening goal in the 3-0 group-stage victory over Argentina.
England have not looked back since defeating the Albiceleste and look well equipped to cope with the Italians, who have steadily eased their way into the competition.
The Azzurri started slowly, losing 1-0 in their Group D opener against Uruguay, but are now unbeaten in four games after a dramatic 3-2 extra-time success over Zambia in Monday's quarter-final.
Italy trailed the Zambians 2-1 after 87 minutes but Federico DiMarco's late goal levelled the scores and Luca Vido struck an extra-time winner.
It was a gutsy performance from Italy, who had defender Giuseppe Pezzella sent off in the 44th minute, but they may struggle to reproduce the same energy levels against England just three days later.
Italy have registered just one clean sheet in the tournament - against a poor South Africa side - and their shaky defence may struggle to cope with a very assured England outfit.
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