England’s U19 national squad today set up a head to head with Belgium in the knockout stages of the Junior World Mixed Team Championships in Indonesia as they look to lock down a coveted place in the world’s top 10.
The English, seeded to finish 9-16th in the world standings, claimed a deserved second place in Group E following three impressive opening rounds wins against Georgia, Macau and Latvia.
But they missed out on a quarter final spot following a 4-1 defeat to 2016 bronze medallists, Japan.
But, with Belgium up next, England will fancy their chances of progressing up the world order. Buoyed by Callum Hemming, who has won 5 of his 6 events so far, they will be confident against a Belgian side who topped their initial group with 3-2 wins over Slovakia and Czech Republic but missed out on a their own quarter final spot in a one-sided play off with Thailand.
And for England’s young guns, today’s defeat to Japan will not sour a team spirit that has so far flourished in Indonesia.
Each of the nine players pulling on the national shirt have won at least one of their events so far whilst Rory Easton is unbeaten and there is a 100% win record to defend in men’s doubles.
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