England won the Under-17 World Cup in stunning fashion, staging an improbable fightback from two goals down to stun Spain and lift the trophy for the first time amid delirious scenes.
It completes an unprecedented year of success for English youth sides, with Steve Cooper’s under 17s joining the under 20s in standing on top of the world during 2017.
When you add in the under 20 second string retaining the Toulon Tournament and the under 19 side being crowned European champions, there is very definite evidence now that the future is bright for the national team. Or should be.
This was the most astonishing performance of the lot. Trailing to two Sergio Gomez strikes in the first-half, England’s Young Lions showed a monumental strength of character to pick themselves off the floor.
Rhian Brewster – who is crowned the tournament’s Golden Boot winner – scored his eighth of the competition to offer hope just before half-time.
Morgan Gibbs White equalised early in the second-half to shift the momentum before Phil Foden fired England into a lead that had seemed impossible after half-an-hour.
Marc Guehi added a fourth late on and Foden scored again in the closing minutes to make absolutely sure of a famous victory in Kolkata, India.
As well as another trophy on the youth scene, this was also revenge for an England side beaten in agonising circumstances by Spain in the European final back in May.