Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe made an assist for hat-trick hero Rhian Brewster as England u17s beat Brazil to book their place in the final of the u17 World Cup.
The 17-year-old was making his third appearance at the tournament for England, having previously featured and scored in a 4-0 thrashing of Iraq on October 14, and a last-16 win over Japan on October 17.
Smith-Rowe has made eight caps for England’s u17, while also featuring on one occasion for the u18s. He struggled for starts in the u17 World Cup, but was ready when brought on by Steve Cooper.
The Young Lions regained their lead after a breakaway on the right flank from Stephen Sessegnon, whose cross eventually met Brewster to lash home from close range. England’s third and final goal came from a Smith-Rowe cross on the right to Brewster who made no mistake in the box to seal his hat-trick.
England will now face either Spain or Mali in the final of the u17 World Cup. It’s been a fantastic period for England’s youth sides, and Smith-Rowe will be hoping his assist could see him start in a final, giving him a chance to play his part in the country’s potential success.