After Matchday 2, England Wu-17 are unfortunately out of the Euros and therefore will not get a chance to try to qualify for the World Cup in India.

wwc u17 logoEngland are placed in the League A Group 6 with the Group winners only going through to finals in Bosnia.

The results so far are:

England 1 France 2, Poland 5 Croatia 0
France 5 Croatia 0, Poland 0 England 1

The table reads
1. France 6 pts
2. England 3 pts
3. Poland 3 pts
4. Croatia 0 pt

The remaining games are Croatia v England and France v Poland.

The only chance England have to go top is if they beat Croatia and Poland defeat France.

Any other scenario would see England go out. Should this scenario happen, France, Poland and England will all finish on six points.

Here are the tiebreaker rules. It is important to note that the games against Croatia do not count in this scenario.

If two or more teams in the same group are equal on points on completion of a mini-tournament, the following criteria are applied to the mini-tournament in question, in the order given, to determine the final group standings:
a. higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
b. superior goal difference from the matches played among the teams in question;
c. higher number of goals scored in the matches played among the teams in question;
d. if, after having applied criteria a) to c), teams still have an equal ranking, criteria a) to c) are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the remaining teams to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria e) to h) apply in the order given to the two or more teams still equal;
e. superior goal difference in all matches;
f. higher number of goals scored in all matches;
g. lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received by players and team officials in the mini-tournament (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
h. higher position in the applicable ranking:
i. for teams in round 1, position in the coefficient rankings (see Annex A);
ii. for teams in round 2, position in the round 1 league ranking (see Paragraph 15.01b).

Criterion a) the teams are tied still because they all got three points in those head to head to head games.

Criterion b) is where England get in trouble. Their goal difference is 0. France goal difference is 1-x and Poland is -1+x. x being the goal difference in the Poland v France with a Poland win.

1. Should Poland beat France by two goals or more, regardless of the England v Croatia scoreline, Poland are through as they would end up with at least a +1 goal difference, England would be runner-up with a 0 goal difference and France third with at least a -1 goal difference.
2. Should Poland beat France by one goal only, we end up with all three teams with a 0 goal difference. We have to go to the next criterion:

Criterion c) the goals scored in the head to head to head games. England have scored 2, France will score 2+y, Poland 0+y+1. Y being the number of goals scored by France against Poland, y+1 is the number of goals scored by Poland against France.

If y>0 France win the Group as their goals scored will superior to England and Poland.
If y=0 ie Poland 1 France 0. England will have scored 2, France will have scored 2 and Poland will have scored 1. Poland is therefore out and finish third of the Group. We then have to go to the next criterion:

Criterion d) reapply the criteria a) b) c) to the remaining teams France and England. And there it is England lost to France 2-1 and therefore France win the Group.

Conclusion: England are out and cannot qualify for the W-Euro u17 in Bosnia, they really needed to score an extra goal on Sunday against Poland to give themselves a chance to go through.