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Mexico face Iraq, England play against Chile in opening game

Mexico face Iraq, England play against Chile in opening game
Kolkata: Two-time champions Mexico may be the heavyweights in Group F but they will face a strong opponent in Asian champions Iraq in their FIFA U-17 World Cup match on Sunday.
Since the 2005 edition in Peru, Mexico have been one of the most consistent sides of the tournament having won the title twice in a gap of six years, finishing runners-up in UAE in 2013 and being the semifinalists in Chile in the last edition.
Iraq are one of six sides that have lost all their matches in their maiden and only appearance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013. This time their preparation was affected with a FIFA ban to play matches in the country, which was lifted only in May. Despite all odds, Iraq are here with a promise.
Meanwhile, a star-studded England will take on unpredictable Chile in a Group F match.
England, fresh from a 3-2 defeat against New Zealand in a warm-up match, would look for a strong start against Chile, who are having a difficult time with the searing heat and humidity of Kolkata.

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