Foden brace helps England clinch maiden Under-17 World Cup

A Fabio Capello press conference after the 2010 World Cup

We're obviously in a cricket-dominated country, but it could be done - the support would be there.

"I'm speechless, the feeling is a little bit surreal", he said.

The match started with both sides knowing there would be a new name on the trophy, with neither Spain nor England having lifted the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup trophy previously.

Acknowledging the team's defensive frailties and the added pressure that comes with playing in a championship final, the coach said: "We need to improve on our semifinals performance".

"Still, we faced a team that were fair winners and we must congratulate them".




Spain rallied and could've equalised if it wasn't for Sessegnon's block on the line, but England remained in control and restricted their opponents to half chances. Instead, they concentrated on playing passes, as many as possible. England are very organised and will have to make sure to be streetwise in managing the game - that will be the challenge for them. Spain have constantly been a thorn for this bunch of English players and they will be in seven heavens for getting past La Rojita in the biggest stage of football in the U17 age category. When I came for the draw in July, I saw massive passion and excitement for the World Cup.

The Stockport-born teenager continued his sensational form with a brace for England during their 5-2 victory over Spain in India, while his Club mates Joel Latibeaudiere (captain) and Curtis Anderson also played the full match. They halved the deficit just before half-time through Brewster's tournament-leading eighth goal. "The football that we played. individual talent, team identity and the character and personality we showed".

Rhian Brewster: Who is the 17-year-old England & Liverpool goalscoring sensation? "It will be exciting to see them go head to head on Saturday", he said.

The Under-17s World Cup win sits along a host of excellent achievements, including the Under-19s winning their Euros, the Under-20s winning their World Cup and the Toulon tournament, as well as the Under-21s making the semi-final of their Euros. "It helped us to keep our spirits high", he said. We need to defend better and the best way to do that will be to retain more of the ball.

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