Kyle Walker-Peters, Josh Onomah, and Cameron Carter-Vickers started the U20 World Cup as the three representatives for Tottenham Hotspur in the competition. The field is down to the final eight, and all three are still in the tournament. Both England (Walker-Peters, Onomah) and USA (Carter-Vickers) have made it to the quarterfinals in South Korea, and are targeting a deep run in the competition.
England are undefeated, with group stage wins over Argentina and hosts Korea and a draw against Guinea, and defeated Costa Rica 2-1 on Wednesday in the Round of 16. They will face Mexico in the quarterfinals on Monday, June 5.
Onomah has played in three of England’s four matches thus far in the competition, including the win over Costa Rica, usually from a central midfield position. This is, most argue, his natural position but farther back than where he usually plays for Spurs. He has yet to notch any goals or assists, but observers have had a generally favorable opinion of his play.
Walker-Peters has played in two matches out of position as an attacking left back for England, and has linked up well with Ademola Lookman, who scored both goals in the win over Costa Rica.
USA won a closely contested Group F with one win and two draws, and just finished a 6-0 demolition of New Zealand in the Round of 16, scoring five second half goals. Carter-Vickers has played in two of USA’s four matches, but missed today’s win over New Zealand via suspension after picking up two yellow cards in their final group stage match against Saudi Arabia. USA will face high-flying Venezuela in the quarterfinals on Sunday, June 4; Venezuela has scored 11 goals thus far, the most of any in the competition, though Carter-Vickers is expected to be back in the starting 11 for that match.
USA and England are on the opposite side of the bracket and cannot face each other until the finals of the competition. All three of KWP, CCV, and Onomah are hoping to impress in this competition in order to stake a claim on an increased role with Spurs during next season’s Premier League.