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England beat Spain 5-2 in remarkable turnaround to lift maiden title

England beat Spain 5-2 in remarkable turnaround to lift maiden title”

"This is the second World Cup our #YoungLions have won this year - hugely exciting moment for the future of English football".

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden scored twice as England came from behind to crush Spain 5-2 in the Under 17 World Cup final on Saturday. Thanks to Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden's double (68', 88') and Liverpool wonderkid Rhian Brewster's eighth goal (44') of the tournament which powered the young lions to clinch their maiden Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 title.

They halved the deficit just before half-time through Brewster's tournament-leading eighth goal.

Despite England's early dominance, Spain were quick on the counter and duly grabbed an early advantage through 17-year-old Gomez.

Saturday's thrilling fightback drew a capacity crowd (56,432) to Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangam (Salt Lake Stadium) making it the biggest ever and best attended Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup.

A title in its maiden FIFA Under-17 World Cup appearance has left England coach Steve Cooper philosophical. They became the second England youth side to win a World Cup this summer after the Under-20s triumphed in South Korea.

Spain dominated the early stages of the game but later surrendered to the inspired and fast attacking game of Foden and Brewster.

In player of the tournament Foden and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, this England side had the players to seriously hurt Spain, nearly at will in the second half.

In the first half, Spain lead 2-1 against England.

England fought hard to get back into the game.

Phil Foden, who was instrumental in turning things around for England, also took away the Golden Ball award.

England striker Rhian Brewster, who scored in the first half, finished as the tournament's leading scorer with eight.

Earlier, midfielder Alan's 55th-minute opener and substitute Yuri Alberto's late goal helped three-times champions Brazil overcome Mali 2-0 for their second bronze medal.



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