England colts won the FIFA U17 World cup: 5 talking points about the team

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The 2017 FIFA U17 world cup concludes with England U17 crowning themselves as the world champions defeating Spain U17 by a huge margin of 5-2. A vicious comeback aided by the unity of the three lions gave them the second taste of major silverware this year.

It was an much anticipated clash between these nations determined to win the ultimate prize of world football at Yuva Bharati Krirangan stadium, Kolkata. The first decorated international competition on Indian soil sky high the interest of the spectators with attendance in the finale reaching an eye bursting number beyond 66000. In front of the packed stadium, players from the both the nations earned their respect and continuous cheering of the showdown was an extra charger of this exciting seven goals thriller to end an overwhelming campaign of the world cup.

But the match really brings out a theory to discuss much about the mouth watering finals of this competition but not so dramatic as this. The way England turned everything around trailing 2-0 throughout the first forty minutes of the game gave an unbelievable status to the game worth beyond praising. Even though, Brewster pulled one back before halftime, very few people expected such turnover will forever be imprinted in history.

Spain made a good start to the last ever game in the U17 world cup 2017. Sergio Gomez, the captain of the side, scored a brace early in the half to give the English army the remembrance of the Euros earlier this year where they beat them in penalty shootout. But the image was lot different this time. Brewster’s goal just before the end of first half helped England to march towards the dressing room with something in hand. That strengthened them in the next period putting Spain to bed rest revealing the glamour of this beautiful game. White levelled up in 58th minute and then there was no looking back. Foden gave the lead for the first time for the three lions before Gueye scored his first goal in his nation shirt. Fpden scored once again two minutes prior to the conclusion for the sheer joy of the fans.

The game already provided a lot of talking points and here we put forward five most vital of them.

1. Giving England too much grip at the later stages

Spain made a huge error to allow England much comfort on the ball at the death. They left their attacking game play to become ultra defensive when the score was tied at 2-2. That helped the three lions to administer the midfield with ease and Foden to produce his architectural qualities on the pitch. The short pass or tikitaka style was lacking in Gomez and co to counter England and make them pay.

2. Freedom to Odoi and Foden

The pair was destined to be tremendous in the final for their lethality throughput the campaign. But Spain did not take any heed of it. Phil and Hudson’s partnership showed its rage once again and there was no escaping of that. It was Phil who grabbed the lead for his nation following Hudson Odoi’s curling cross to his path. Not only that, Foden was running all over the pitch to frustrate the Spanish defense then and now.

3. Sessegnon’s goal line clearance

History says certain events in the final stages of a gigantic tournament uplifts the spirit of the entire team. Sessegnon’s goal line clearance to keep out Garcia’s header from a Torress corner did not shadowed the overall hard work of his nation but it create a statement of not falling back at any consequences.

4. England’s never giving up attitude

‘Never back down’ those were the words of coach Chris that was ringing in the ears of the boys when they began the second half 2-1 down. Surely it added fuel to the downing fire of the English side which created their unforgettable dominance on the pitch. White’s leveller and Foden’s versatility at the death all amounted to their dear coach’s inspiring words.

5. Abel Ruiz’s incredible silence on the pitch

A unusual passiveness on the pitch, Barcelona’s academy product was relatively quite all time. That venom of his gameplay to score magnificent goals and stern finishes never ever came to the mind of this big sized striker. For that, Spain failed to find a definite converter of their chances later into the game. Panzo marked him till the last not allowing any danger execution by him.