England U17’s produced an unbelievable fight back from 2-0 down to eventually lift the World Cup beating Spain 5-2 in India!
The result finishes off a fantastic year for England’s Youth teams which has seen England’s youth’s sides dominate in global tournaments! Winning the World cup at U17’s & U20’s, Euro’s at U19’s, while we came runners up in the U17’s Euro final, losing on penalties to Spain and again missing out on a place in the U21’s Euro final on penalties.
Pre-tournament the best England had ever achieved was the Quarter finals stage, but after missing out on Euro’s glory during the summer expectations were high that this team could better that.
Despite missing arguably our best player in Jadon Sancho who was recalled to his Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on the completion of the group stages and has since made his 1st team debut.
In the final, England played well from the start and where unlucky to go 2-0 down in the 1st half, thanks to a double from Barcelona forward Sergio Gomez. However, their enthusiasm never dropped and when the tournament’s Golden Boot Winner Rhian Brewster scored his 8th of the campaign, the English lads believed they could still win.
Their equaliser came from Wolverhampton Wolves forward Morgan Gibbs, and from that moment England never looked back. They took the lead minutes later when the Man of the match & player of the tournament Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden scored his first of the evening sending England 2-3 in front.
Next up was Chelsea defender Marc Guehi who made it 2-4, before Foden again notched his 2nd of the final with a perfectly placed effort to make it 2-5 and changed the history books!
Team line ups
England: Anderson (Man City); Sessegnon (Fulham), Guehi (Chelsea), Latibeaudiere (Man City), Panzo (Chelsea); McEachran (Chelsea), Oakley-Booth (Tottenham); Foden (Man City), Gibbs White (Wolves), Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea); Brewster (Liverpool)
Spain: Fernandez (Malaga); Jaume (Barcelona), Chust (Real Madrid), Guillamon (Valencia), Miranda (Barcelona); Blanco (Real Madrid), Moukhliss (Real Madrid); Gelabert (Real Madrid), Gomez (Barcelona), Torres (Valencia); Ruiz (Barcelona)