England’s young stars fought back from two goals down to beat Spain 5-2 and lift the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India.
The match looked to have been taking a very different turn when Barcelona forward Sergio Gomez put his side ahead after 10 minutes.
He flicked home the ball from six yards out, but looked well offside and England could rightly feel aggrieved with the match officials.
If Gomez’s first goal was a contentious one, his second on 30 minutes certainly wasn’t. Some nice control down the right wing allowed the Barcelona prospect to open himself up and fire a shot across England goalkeeper Curtis Anderson and into the top corner.
Already 2-0 down and looking defensively vulnerable, England needed a dramatic improvement or it was going to be Spain lifting the trophy at the end of the 90 minutes.
However, improvement was exactly what those in England colours produced.
On 44 minutes, Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster – scorer of so many of England’s goals in the latter stages of the tournament – latched onto a cross from right-back Steven Sessegnon and powered home a header.
England were back in the contest, and after halftime came out roaring.
England’s equaliser came on 58 minutes when Sessegnon had the running of the Spanish defence once again, and his shot across the box came to Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White, who made no mistake from a few yards out.
Manchester City’s youth star Philip Foden then completed England’s turnaround on 70 minutes.
In a lovely worked move Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi was sent clear down the left, breezing past Real Madrid’s Moha, before sending the ball across the box to Foden, who tapped a bobbling ball into the back of the net.
Chelsea centre back Marc Guehi put England in a much more commanding position on 84 minutes when he prodded home from a free kick.
Hudson-Odoi then linked up with Foden again on 88 minutes, with the latter latching on to the Chelsea man’s ball and slotting it through goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez to ensure England were victorious.
It was a confident display in the end, with England bossing possession and Spain looking to hit on the counter, just as Gomez did twice in the first half.
To give context to England’s dominance in the majority of the match, Spain’s goals were two of just five Spanish efforts on target, while England had 25 shots on goal, 11 of which found the target.
The manner of the win was much-fitting given the team’s performances throughout the tournament and one that will give many England fans confidence of the country’s chances in future years.