England’s u17s won the 2017 World Cup in India, after an impressive comeback against Spain.
Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe was on international duty with the squad, but he didn’t make the team for the final, so it was up to his England teammates to secure the trophy. The two sides stepped out in front of 66,684 fans in Kolkata, likely the biggest crowd many of those u17s have played in front of.
Perhaps they were a little overawed by the occasion at first, as the Young Lions went 2-0 down to a couple of Sergio Gomez goals, both assisted by Cesar Gelabert. Gomez is a Barcelona youth player and Gelabert is from Real Madrid, so it’s no surprise that a lot of quality was on show from the Spanish side.
However, Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster, the top scorer for England and in the tournament overall going into the game, managed to pull one back before half-time. England then dominated the second half, with goals from Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White and Chelsea’s Marc Guehi, as well as a brace from Manchester City’s Phil Foden. It ended 5-2, and the celebrations could get underway.
Although Emile wasn’t involved in the final, he did his part earlier in the tournament, scoring in the group stages and assisting Brewster’s third in the semi-final. So congratulations to the 17-year-old and the rest of the team on their win!