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31-05-2010, 04:11 AM #1
Well Done to this lot...the future looks promising, plus this might encourage us to really go after Wickham now.
England youngsters show the seniors how it's done by claiming UEFA Under 17 Title
John Peacock's youngsters became the first England men's team to land a European trophy in 17 years after they came from behind to defeat the tournament favourites Spain.
England battled their way to the Under 17s Championship after Ipswich Town's Connor Wickham capped a stirring fightback with a superb winner amid jubilant scenes at the Rheinpark Stadium in Liechtenstein.
Wickham's delightful solo goal two minutes after the break ensured that a group of youngsters singled out by Sir Trevor Brooking as being the best he has seen during his time at Soho Square, lived up to the director of football development's lofty assertions.
And what a boost it must be for Fabio Capello and his side as they prepare for the World Cup finals.
It was 1993 when England lifted the Under 18 version of this competition and at times Sunday, it was not pretty, as Peacock's side tried to end the trophy drought.
Spain laid siege to Jack Buckland's goal in search of an equaliser but a combination of solid defence, good fortune and good goalkeeping ensured that skipper Conor Coady, of Liverpool, held the trophy aloft, surrounded by delighted white-shirted colleagues.
Manager Peacock said: 'I'm absolutely delighted for the players because they've worked so hard and the spirit has been first class.
'It means a lot to the English game. We've got our critics; that we're not producing players. I think we have produced many good players in this tournament. What was missing was a trophy that we can put our name to. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another 17 years for another one.'
Spain were cheered on by their senior squad, watching from the stands in the tiny stadium in Vaduz, but that made no difference to England who produced a gutsy display.
It started badly when Liverpool's Andre Wisdom deflected a 21stminute cross into his own net from Barcelona's outstanding prospect, Gerard Deulofeu.
Prior to that, England keeper Buckland made several good saves but strangely, conceding the goal seemed to have a positive impact and Wisdom quickly atoned for his moment of misfortune by nodding home Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran's corner to equalise.
But the winning goal would have left even England boss Capello purring. Everton's Ross Barclay sprayed a delightful pass to the left flank where Manchester United's Will Keane was quick to feed Wickham.
He then powered past two defenders as he cut across the area before curling a shot into the bottom corner.
There were still scares aplenty before England could celebrate. Finland referee Antti Munukka did not give a penalty after Coady caught Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez and then Wisdom thumped a clearance against team-mate Luke Garbutt only to see the ball rebound onto the upright.
Buckland also palmed one dangerous cross from Deulofeu wide as Spain's star toyed with England's full backs. But Peacock's side stood firm to seal a memorable victory.
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31-05-2010, 09:05 AM #3
Fantastic news to see the youth team succeeding - who may eventually become first teamers.