Jarell Quansah, a defender for Liverpool, continued his stellar campaign by contributing to England’s victory in the U20 World Cup opener.
The Young Lions defeated Tunisia 1-0 in their Group E opener on Monday night in La Plata, Argentina, thanks to a goal from Tottenham Hotspur’s Dane Scarlett, who played the entire 90 minutes.
Before halftime, the 20-year-old center back for the Reds came within inches of increasing the lead but Tunisia goalkeeper Dries Arfaoui stopped his far-post header from a corner.
The top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stages of the 24-team tournament, which has hindered England because several players have not been released by their respective clubs. Uruguay defeated Iraq 4-0 later in the evening, moving them up to second place in the group. The four top teams who finish in third place will also advance.
Quansah’s selection for the Young Lions continued his season’s development. He previously signed a new contract with Liverpool a fortnight ago and made 16 appearances for Bristol Rovers while on loan from Liverpool to the League One club.
Ian Foster, a native of Whiston and a former player at the Liverpool Academy, is the head coach of the England U20s. In 2017, he started his employment with the coaching staff of the national team.
In order to help England secure a spot in the round of 16, they will play Uruguay on Thursday at the Estadio Unico Diego Armando Maradona in La Plata. Quansah will be hoping for more playing time.