Angelo Henriquez eagerly awaits clash with England

Alex Livesey

Angelo Henriquez relishes today's upcoming clash against Manchester United teammates Sam Johnstone, Larnell Cole, and Tom Thorpe when Chile take on England in a Under-20 World Cup tie.

Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez was anticipated to be one of the stars of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, However, in Chile's 2-1 defeat of Egypt in each side's opening match of the group stage, the 19-year-old -- who spent the latter part of the past season on loan to Wigan Athletic -- struggled. It should be noted, though, that the striker was deployed out of position on the right-wing and he was ill against Egypt. Chile's next match is today (4:00pm BST, 11:00am EST) and it comes against England and United teammates Sam Johnstone, Larnell Cole, and Tom Thorpe. In England's 2-2 draw with Iraq though, only the goalkeeper featured as the latter two were left on the bench as unused substitutes.

Ahead of today's Chile versus England clash, Henriquez was interviewed by FIFA's official site. In it, he indicated that he looks forward to going up against England U-20 No.1 Johnstone while he also reveals that the players have spent time together catching up:

"I know Sam very well and he is a very, very good keeper. If I am going through against him, it will be an interesting situation. I know him well but he also knows me, so let's see who comes out on top. We are sharing the same hotel here in Antalya and I have already met him and Larnell around the place, and we had a good chat. We weren't joking too much about the game - just catching up really - and we all realise how important this is for our teams.

Just from knowing these three United guys, I know England will be very tough opponents for us. I have already been speaking to my team-mates here about what to expect, and I hope they understand and are prepared for what is coming. The main thing with English players is their strength and their spirit - they never give up. We have to be ready to be as strong and as determined as they are."

- Henriquez | Source: FIFA.com

The Chilean also talked about his first season in England:

"I've already learned a lot there. The main thing has been to work very hard physically because that side of the game is the big difference between England and South America. I definitely feel that I am a lot stronger for the experience and I already feel that I have benefited a lot, working at such a massive club and then going to Wigan and experiencing the Premier League with them."

- Henriquez

The other United player involved in the Under-20 World Cup is summer-signing Guillermo Varela. His Uruguay side were defeated 0-1 by Croatia in their opening match but the energetic right-back himself performed well. They will be facing Uzbekistan today (7:00pm BST, 2:00pm EST).

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