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Fulham’s Matthew Briggs played the first half as England’s Under-20 side began their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in Egypt last night.

Briggs was taken off in a tactical switch at half-time. Uruguay had the better of a tight game that was only settled with six minutes left by a spectacular scissor kick from substitute Tabare Viudez. England play Ghana on Tuesday and Uzbekistan on Friday.