FIFA Under 17 World Cup: Unbeaten England will be on familiar territory when they take the field against their traditional rival Spain for the final in Kolkata.
FIFA Under 17 World Cup Highlights: Unbeaten England will be on familiar territory when they take the field against their traditional rival Spain for the final in Kolkata, having also played their semi-final at the Salt Lake Stadium. A crowd of more than 66,000 is expected to attend the game, while the players may have to contend with temperatures tipping past 30 degree Celsius. The young three lions have dealt with pressure well so far, overcoming Japan on penalties in the last 16 before impressing in their next two knockout matches. England’s tally of 18 goals from six games is the highest in the tournament and striker Rhian Brewster who also plays for Liverpool has been at the heart of their play, with hat-tricks in the quarter-final win against the United States and the semi-final defeat of Brazil. The Liverpool forward is on course to finish as the tournament’s top scorer – he has seven goals to his name so far.
The only player who can realistically prevent him claiming that accolade is Spain captain Abel Ruiz, who scored twice in the last four to prevent Mali reaching a second consecutive final. The Barcelona B forward’s six goals in six matches has helped Spain recover from defeat in their opening game – against Brazil – to reach the final. It is going to be a clash that will leave an impression on the minds of all football fanatics. Spain would be playing their fourth final- losing the previous three while the football’s Sleeping Giants- England are featuring in their maiden under-17 Final.
Here are all the Spain vs England Highlights:
10:12 pm: Thanks for joining us for a great moment in some young players’ careers. What a day! There’s no doubting the talent in England currently thanks to the efforts of the Under-17’s and the other age groups who have performed so superbly in major tournaments in recent months.
10:04 pm: Brazil bag the Fair Play trophy. Golden Boot goes to England’s Rhian Brewster. Golden Glove goes to Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao. The Golden Ball goes to Phil Foden.
10:02 pm: Indian captain Sunil Chettri brings the trophy to the stage. FIFA President Giani Infantino, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Sports minister Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore are present.
9:56 pm: England have won the World Cup and there’s no doubting they deserved it. It was a poor start at the back but the constant attacking threat from the likes of Foden and Hudson-Odoi meant goals were likely and Spain could not cope with everything Cooper’s side could offer. What a win! A truly special second-half performance from England, as they outclassed Spain. La Rojita looked decent at times, but were overwhelmed by the guile, speed and quality of England. SCORE: 5-2
9:52 pm: Steve Cooper the England’s coach must be the happiest man on th e planet.
9:50 pm: Brewster is booked after being antagonised by the Spanish team, whjo are obviously frustrated at being beaten.
9:49 pm: Let the party begin!!!! Foden has a second and this game is done and dusted. The ball over the top from Hudson-Odoi is phenomenal, Foden’s touch is perfect and he then drills it low past Fernandez. Wow.
9:47 pm: Surely this game is done. What a remarkable comeback from England. What a comeback.
9:46 pm: GOAL! Is that the goal that gives England the World Cup? It all comes from the free-kick conceded by Jaume. The set piece is delivered in by Hudson-Odoi, Latibeaudiere wins the header at the far post and his fellow defender Guehi swivels to tap home from a couple of yards out.
9:41 pm: That was a desperate tackle from Spanish defender, penalised with a Yellow card
9:39 pm: There are more than 66,000 spectators inside the stadium and they are being treated to quite a final. Spain are pushing for an equaliser now with Jaume driving at the England defence before delivering a weak shot wide of the far post. Can England hold on?
England’s U17’s are 3-2 up in the World Cup final having been 2 down. Come On Boys.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 28, 2017
9:36 pm: There’s a lot of tired players out there right now, which isn’t much of a surprise due to the age of the players and the conditions in India. So it’s time for a drinks break.
9:34 pm: Are we looking at the future Lapard or Gerrard in form of Phil Foden? have a close look at the lad people.
9:32 pm: GOAL! England take the lead!!! From 2-0 down they lead 3-2. Hudson-Odoi is the provider down the left after leaving the Spanish full-back for dead with his pace. He puts the ball on a plate for Foden, whipping it perfectly across the face of the goal where the Man City midfielder cannot miss at the far post.
9:24 pm: Blimey, Foden doesn’t lack in confidence does he?!? Hudson-Odoi delivers a deep cross from the left where Foden has acres of space beyond the far post. The Manchester City man doesn’t waste any time bringing the ball down though and instead volleys first time at goal and forces Fernandez into a decent save.
9:22 pm: Spain has 5 from Real Madrid and 4 from Barcelona just like England has 5 from Chelsea and 3 from Manchester City.
9:20 pm: How good is Phil Foden? He’s looked like the best player on the pitch so far? He’s so calm on the ball and incredibly skilful with it, as well as being able to pick intelligent passes. No wonder Guardiola rates him so highly.
9:18 pm: GOAL! Gibbs-White is the man who puts the ball in the net, but my word: Phil Foden is a seriously good footballer. He wrong-foots the entire Spanish backline with a sumptuous defence splitting throughball to put Sessegnon clear on the right side of the penalty area. The full-back looks up, squares across goal and Gibbs-White is on hand to tap home. Game on.
9:14 pm: History is in the offing for Spain if England fails to score the equaliser.
9: 13 pm: Latibeaudiere reads the play and wins the ball under pressure from Gelabert who comes off far worse from the challenge as he stays on the floor requiring treatment, despite the fact he was the one to give the free-kick away. Foden is at the centre of everything for England and wins his side a corner after hitting a shot from 25 yards, which is deflected wide.
9:10 pm: Foden looks early towards Brewster, but the ball is nicked off his toe inside the Spanish penalty area, much to the relief of the defence.
9:05 pm: No changes at half time. Spain get things underway and quickly win a corner. Gomez’s delivery is commandingly (that may not be a legitimate word) punched clear by Anderson.
9:02 pm: Players walks back in the Kolkata Cauldron. Who will be the new champion.
8:55 pm: What a busy 45 minutes of football that was. England paid the price for some poor defending, but Steve Cooper’s side have been the dominant force in this match and good value for that late Brewster goal. They are certainly not out of it yet.
8:50 pm: What a time for England to pull a goal back. And you have to say they deserve it. The last action of this first half will be an England free-kick in a great position after McEachran is bundled over 20 yards from goal.
8:48 pm: GOAL Brewster! Of course, it is. What a cross from Sessegnon. The right-back is tight up against the byline, but produces a beauty of a cross straight onto Brewster’s head and the goal machine nods it home.
8:42 pm: There is plenty of attacking intent on display from the England boys although that hasn’t been the real problem today. Chances have been a regular feature, but their defending has been average at best. Hudson-Odoi tries his luck from range, but Fernandez is untroubled as the ball flies way over the bar.
8:40 pm: It’s a good atmosphere in stadium, which will give the players a boost I am sure. Really making it into an occasion, as some youth level finals can lack something. Hopefully it’s a game of two halves – England are certainly a side of two halves, the central midfield/defence are far too slow in thought and movement when Spain are in possession. Hard to see England coming back to win this in regulation time.
8:34 pm: GOAL! Gomez scores the second one and it’s far more convincing as he fires a shot across the ‘keeper into the top corner after good work down the right wing. England really need to pressurise Spain in the box.
8:30 pm: Spain are dropping deeper and deeper with England attempting to work a route through to goal. Steve Cooper’s side are asking plenty of questions at the moment. And it’s time for a “Fifa cooling break”. Also known as: drinks.
8:26 pm: We’ve reached a bit of a lull after a tough opening 25 minutes, so it’s nice to see things have calmed down so the players can take stock of what’s happened so far.
8:25 pm: Hudson-Odoi is causing problems down the left, this time his pace sees him ghost past the Spanish right-back, but his low cross fizzes just out of reach of his onrushing team-mates.
8:20 pm: There seem to a lot of bats flying around the ground. I would find that quite distracting as a player, but it is Halloween ‘season’, so we should expect these sorts of things.
8:18 pm: To their credit, England have responded well to that goal and Hudson-Odoi comes close to providing Foden with a chance at the far post, turning his opposite number inside-out and crossing inches above his team-mate’s head.
8:15 pm: It’s all about how England react from that injustice. Hudson-Odoi puts in a dangerous free-kick and then a second cross after the first was cleared. Miranda then stood on Foden’s back after the Manchester City man ran the ball out of play. Not sure the referee and his officials are watching this game too carefully.
8:12 pm: Goal! It’s a nice move from Spain who work the ball into the box, where a weak header bounces towards Anderson, but it is instead flicked home by Gomez from six yards. The Spaniard was well offside and the officials have had a nightmare there.
8:10 pm: Now it’s time for Spain to show what they can do going forwards as Miranda’s cross bounces a couple of times in the penalty area before working its way into Anderson’s hands.
8:08 pm: England look to be enjoying themselves in these very early stages, piling the pressure on their Spanish opponents.
8:05 pm: What a start from England and it’s Gibbs-White at the heart of it. The Wolves youngster drives from deep, turns his defender with ease, plays and then receives a smart one-two with Brewster, before firing a fierce low shot from just inside the penalty area, which Fernandez palms away. PHEW!
8:00 pm: Peep peep! Here we go for the most important 90 minutes of the players’ young careers. England start the game.
7:54 pm: Can anyone feel having goosebumps as the player’s march in the ground. Well, I have goosebumps and I am cold. Maybe the tempo of the match will give me some warmth- I HOPE.
7:42 pm: Thousands of people are there in Salt Lake Stadium and are taking pictures for posterity.
7:46 pm: The match will start shortly.
7: 42 pm: This is how England defeated Brazil in the semi-finals.
7:38 pm: This is how Spain defeated Mali in the semi-finals.
7:35 pm: Just before the final let’s listen to the official song for one last time.
7:28 pm: It is certainly a battle between the number 9s of Spain and England. Although Rhian Brewster of England is leading with 7 goals to his credit, he is closely followed by Spain skipper Abel Ruiz with 6 goals.
7:24 pm: Talking a little of the beat, today is Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg’s birthday, the goalkeeper of the 1958 World Cup. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY GREGG.
7:22 pm: England great Wayne Rooney has wished the lads luck.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) October 28, 2017
7:20 pm: According to the football expert in the house, England will win 2-1. Well my money is on Spain but if England takes an early lead its going to be tough for La Roja to make a comeback. My Prediction Spain 2-0.
7:15 pm: Today’s winner will be the 9th champion of U17 World Cup.
7:10 pm: Before they were a Ronaldhino, Buffon or Totti this is what the world had- their young counterparts.
7:01 pm: As the ‘Judgement Hour’ draws near let’s have a look at the journey of the two finalists.
7:00 pm: The U17 World Cup has given many great players to the sport which includes Ronaldhino, Neymar, Luis Figo, Alessandro del Piero, Francesco Totti, Esteban Cambiasso, Iker Casillas, Xavi and the list is never-ending.
6:55 pm: It is an emotional moment for the 1.3 billion people and beyond as Fifa World Cup draws to its end. It has been a great three weeks with lots of sad and happy faces. Who will be crowned the champion is still a question but one thing is for sure and is a little cliched too- IT IS FOOTBALL WHICH WILL WIN AT LAST.
6:47 pm: Lets take the virtual time machine and see how India welcomed the extravagant tournament.
6:41 pm: In an interesting fact India has become the nation with most attendance in a single FIFA World Cup.
Most Attendance #FIFAU17WC
1,239,100*(24,296*/mt) India ????????, 2017
1,230,976 (38,468/mt) China,1985
1,002,314 (19,275/mt) Mexico, 2011
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 28, 2017
6:31 PM: Here are the England and Spain squads.
Goalkeepers- Curtis Anderson, Josef Bursik, William Crelling
Defenders- Timothy Eyoma, Lewis Gibson, George McEachran, Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, Joel Latibeaudiere, Steven Sessegnon
Midfielders- Philip Foden, Tashan Oakley-Bootham, Angel Gomes, Jadon Sancho, Nya Kirby, Callum Hudson, Emile Smith, Morgan Gibbs White, Conor Gallagher
Forwards- Rhian Brewster, Daniel Loader
Goalkeepers- Alvaro Fernandez, Marc Vidal, Alfonso Pastor
Defenders- Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victo Chust, Eric Garcia, Victor Perea
Midfielders- Antonio Blanco, Mohamed Moukhliss, Alvaro Garcia, Carlos Beitia
Forwards- Ferran Torres, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Nacho Diaz, Pedro Ruiz, Diego Pampin, Jose Lara, Cesar Gelabart
6:00 PM: Hello and welcome to the final match between England and Spain. The match will be played at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.