England U17’s carried on their impressive 4-0 victory against Chile, to beat Mexico 3-2 and qualify for the final 16 and the knock out stages of the World Cup.
Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster opened the scoring in the first half with a curling free kick from 35 yards out, before Manchester City’s Phil Foden, doubled their advantage with a left footed effort moments after the re start and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho adding to his two goals against Chile with a penalty that took the English into a 3-0 lead just before the hour mark.
Mexico did produce a late rally and quickly reduced England’s lead through Diego Lainez, before the Mexican striker stuck again, this time his shot taking a deflection to beat the England Keeper.
By now Mexico were truly on the front foot, which lead to a very intense final 15 minutes, as they looked for the equalizer, wasting several good chances along the way, but England did hold them off and secured a vital top two group finish that sees them into the knock out stages.
After already successfully bettering their efforts in the 2015 world cup in Chile, were they were eliminated in the group stages, England could make their knock out draw easier if they secure top spot with victory over Iraq on Saturday.
England’s have reached the quarter final stage only once in pervious Championships, however the hopes are high for this talented squad of players who lost out on European glory over the summer, losing on penalties to Spain in the final!