England Claim First U-17 World Title After Comeback Win Over Spain

Brandon Parsons
October 29, 2017

The Young Lions were deserving winners of the World Cup for the first time and lifted the trophy after a series of free-flowing, free-scoring performances.

Striker Brewster, who scored hat-tricks against Brazil and the United States in the last two games, ended the event as the leading scorer with eight goals while man of the match Foden was named the best player of the tournament.

"The results and the winning is unbelievable, but the football we have played - the belief and the identity", Cooper said. "The football that we played. individual talent, team identity and the character and personality we showed".

"We just needed to stay calm and play our football. This is doing our thing our way, and doing at the biggest stage is so rewarding".

"I dedicate the win to the good work done by the academies and the Football Association (FA)".

The outpouring of excitement is certainly justified, with England youth teams having been in sensational form this year.

Spain took an early lead, with Sergio Gomez jabbing the ball home from close-range after a defensive mix-up from Steve Cooper's side.

Meanwhile, Rhian Brewster struck his second consecutive hat-trick for England in the tournament. "It will be exciting to see them go head to head on Saturday", he said. Rhian has showed he can score all sorts of goals.

'I don't think the half-time team talk would have been much different but we just managed to keep the belief high.

Foden said after the win: "We knew we were capable of coming back". Late goals from Guehi and Foden alleviated a nervy finale and ensured an emphatic final scoreline.

After his side beat Swansea, Arsenal boss Wenger said: "I am so happy because I am here for 20 years and we didn't do so well with the youngsters". Maybe I will be better placed tomorrow to explain when we realise what we have done.

"He's trained with us (the senior team) every single day". Nobody is going to get carried away. The six out of seven games we have played out here.it's been an fantastic experience. "England now has technically gifted players and we are trying to imbibe a certain style of play across all national teams".

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