Argentina faces England and South Korea in U-20 World Cup

The 24 participants were seeded into four pots, but as host South Korea was automatically put into slot A1, and football powerhouse Argentina found themselves in pot 2.

Diego Maradona holds up the name of Germany during the official draw for the U-20 Football World Cup in Suwon on Wednesday.   -  AFP

Six-time winner Argentina was drawn to face old rival England and host South Korea in the group stage of this year's under-20 World Cup on Wednesday. The teams were drawn by Argentine stars Diego Maradona, who was on the winning team in 1979 and kissed the trophy as he brought it on stage in Suwon, and Pablo Aimar, a winner in 1997.

The 24 participants were seeded into four pots, but as host South Korea was automatically put into slot A1, and football powerhouse Argentina found themselves in pot 2. Maradona, whose infamous 'Hand of God' goal set England on the way to elimination in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, smiled wryly when he pulled his own country's name from the bowl to join the hosts.

Minutes later Aimar added England to the Group A mix, which also includes Guinea. Neither the 2015 champion Serbia nor runner-up and five-time winner Brazil qualified for this year's tournament.

France, who took the trophy in 2013, will face New Zealand, Honduras and Vietnam in Group E.

The tournament will be held from May 20 to June 11.

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