England are World Football Champions for the second time in a year… A phrase I did not think I would be saying in my lifetime.
England came back from 2-0 down to win 5-2 in a dramatic game in Kolkata, India against current European champions Spain. Golden Boot winner Rhian Brewster scored England’s first goal a minute from the end of the first half. Second half goals came from Gibbs-White, Foden (2) and Guéhi. What a fantastic achievement for these young lads. England played with real passion and pride, really proving that they wanted to show to the world that they are the best.
England manager Steve Cooper had this to say at the end of the game.
“I’m just so proud of the performance. We were 2-0 down and we just played our way back into it. We didn’t stop. We stuck to the gameplan. We’re building for the future and that’s the way to do it.”
These two World Cup wins for England this year, really shows that the St Georges Development Centre in Staffordshire is benefitting English football and helping us develop some talented footballers. Phil Foden of Manchester City, who was meant to make his senior debut against Wolves in the week, was named Player of the Tournament and shows such exciting prospects for the future, both for his club and for England. Winning the second World Youth Cup in a year means that England are now only the second team to do this after Brazil – what an achievement for English youth football. These lads are now modern day role models for everyone – a true inspiration and hopefully success breeds success.
After England were beaten by Spain in the final of the 2017 European Championships on penalties, the team have grown together into the team that are now World Champions. They obviously learnt from their European loss taking to heart Jermaine Jenas’ phrase “If you win you win, if you lose you learn and if you don’t learn you’ll lose again!”
Congratulations are coming in from all angles on social media with many famous footballers posting messages.
Roll on the World Cup in Russia and hopefully our senior side can emulate the success that our youth teams have shown this year!
Congratulations England u17s from all here at Banana Crumble!