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Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

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

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

England came from two goals down to defeat European champions Spain 5-2 and win their first-ever Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup title in front of 66,684 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata, India, on Saturday.

England become the fourth European team after Russian Federation (1987), France (2001) and Switzerland (2009) to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup. They became the second England youth side to win a World Cup this summer after the Under-20s triumphed in South Korea.

It was England's first appearance in the under-17 final, and Spain's fourth without success. Fast forward to the "big one" in India, England got their chance to celebrate - and without the nerves of penalties. But it was Spain who opened the scoring on 10 minutes, when Sergio Gomez pounced on a loose ball and slotted in after England failed to deal with a Juan Miranda cross. He doubled Spain's lead, under no controversy this time, when he lashed home a left footed shot into the top corner past Curtis Anderson in England goal. The Three Lions could have levelled matters but fore being denied by a fingertip save and earlier by the post.

Brewster's goal, his eight of the tournament, gave England a much-needed boost and Morgan Gibbs White brought the sides level just before the hour mark. A look at the distances travelled by all four teams which played seven matches - England 4429 kilometres, Spain 9265 kilometres, Brazil 3722 kilometres, Mali 8589 kilometres - tells you that fatigue might have had a substantial role to play in the tournament's final and the 3rd place playoff.

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