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The guys will be up for it - Tattersall

Jonathan Tattersall spoke to as England Under-19s prepared for their World Cup campaign

Jonathan Tattersall insists England are up for the challenge after they flew out to the United Arab Emirates this morning for the Under-19 World Cup.

The Yorkshire youngster joined team-mates in the early hours at Heathrow's Terminal Three. Ahead of them is a tournament no England side has won since 1998 when the class of Graeme Swann and Owais Shah prevailed.

Tattersall, however, is optimistic the current crop can make an impression and reach the latter stages.

"It's a big tournament," Tattersall told

"To represent your county in the biggest competition at your age group, it's going to be a big challenge but the guys will be up to it and put in some big performances."

Jonathan Tattersall is looking forward to the Under-19 World Cup where he has been named as vice-captain

England know that two wins from their three group games would see them progress into the quarter-finals. In their way are hosts United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

"I think it's a win we should be making," said Tattersall on the UAE clash.

"If we get off to a winning start it will build the confidence in the team and people will start expressing themselves more.

"We are going to have to beat either New Zealand or Sri Lanka to progress but it would be ideal to win all three."

Tattersall has been named vice-captain for the tour, a role he is looking forward to particularly as Yorkshire team-mate Will Rhodes has been installed as England skipper.

"The way Will captains the side and me in the field, I think we complement each other well. I will be there to lend a hand.

"We've played together since the age of 10 so we are used to how each other works. We probably do things the same way and some of the decisions he makes are no surprise to me. It's good to have someone close to you in the leadership role.

"I think my role will be to get the guys going in the field. Will will have plenty to think about with bowling changes and how many overs left, the tactical side. I'll be there to encourage and keep the spirits up."

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