England win U17 World Cup after incredible 5-2 comeback victory over Spain
England’s Young Lions made a remarkable comeback from two goals down to beat Spain 5-2 and win the Fifa Under-17 World Cup Final in India.
This marked a successful conclusion to the U-17 World Cup hosted by India and leaving fans around the football fanatic nation memories to cherish for their lifetime. Around 66 thousand fans galloped at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata for an all European affair and created a sensational environment ahead of the final for the coveted trophy that every youngster dream of winning for their nation.
Spain took the lead after 10 minutes, Sergio Gomez finishing from close range, and were two up on the half-hour mark as the same player finished with aplomb to leave Steve Cooper’s Young Lions in real trouble in Kolkata.
Rhian Brewster has been the star of the tournament with consecutive hat-tricks in the quarter- and semi-finals, and headed home to give England a lifeline a minute before the interval.
That goal sowed doubt in Spanish minds, with Morgan Gibbs White finishing a simple chance after being teed up by Steven Sessegnon after 58 minutes for the equaliser.
England had the momentum after drawing level, and Phil Foden put them in front after a fine cross from Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to send the Young Lions into dreamland with 21 minutes left on the clock.
Spain searched for a route back into the game, but another Chelsea youngster – Marc Guehi – found the net after a goalmouth scramble before Foden added his second of the game to seal a stunning victory for the Young Lions.
The trophy caps a remarkable calendar year for England’s youth teams, who have won the Under-19 European Championship, Under-20s World Cup, Toulon Tournament (U20s) and reached the Under-21 European Championship in 2017.