England u17s came from 2-0 down to beat Spain u17s 5-2 in Saturday’s u17 World Cup final at Salt Lake Stadium, Bidhan Nagar.
Goals from Rhian Brewster, Morgan Gibbs-White, Marc Guehi and a brace from Phil Foden put Spain to the sword, but the manner of the comeback will be what pleased head coach Steve Cooper the most.
Spain went ahead after 10 minutes through Santi Gomez. After England failed to deal with a cross, a deflected header fell into the path of Gomez who steered the ball into the back of the net from close range.
And after half an hour, Spain had doubled their lead through Gomez again. This time, the Barcelona attacker capitalised on more poor defending to control a bouncing ball in the box and volley home for 2-0.
England managed to halve the deficit before half-time, with Brewster heading home a whipped cross from the impressive Steve Sessegnon, and the Young Lions came out in the second-half full of confidence.
Cooper’s men levelled the game before the hour mark through Gibbs-White, converting a low cross from Sessegnon. And minutes later, England were ahead for the first time in the final.
A breakaway on the left flank saw Callum Hudson-Odoi cross the ball in for the onrushing Foden to finish from close range for 3-2, but the Young Lions weren’t content with a one-goal advantage.
Guehi made it 4-2 five minutes from time, capitalising on poor Spain defending to score from six yards out, before Foden wrapped up the final with a low finish, scoring his second and England’s fifth.
It was a magnificent comeback from England, and continues the youth sides’ dominance on the international stage, with the recent triumphs in the U17 European Championships, Toulon tournament, U19 European Championships and the U20 World Cup.