Kolkata: England made a remarkable comeback from two goals down to outclass three-time runners up Spain 5-2 and clinch their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup at a packed Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Saturday. Spain took the early advantage in the final, thanks to a first-half brace by Sergio Gomes.
England became world champions in ecstatic fashion as Phil Foden’s brace and Rhian Brewster’s eighth goal of the tournament powered the Young Lions to a 5-2 World Cup final win over Spain.
It was a sensational turn-around for Steve Cooper’s side after slipping 2-0 behind in little more than half an hour but they showed endless reserves of energy, enthusiasm and skill as they matched England’s World Cup-winning under-20s in style and avenged defeat to the same opponents in the final of the European Championship.
England took the lead for the first time in the 69 minute, Hudson-Odoi sliding the ball into Foden’s path at the far post, where he never looked likely to miss. They might have settled for survival now, particularly after Sessegnon blocked Miranda’s header on the line, but instead went for the killer blow.
England produced a sensational performance and thrashed Spain by 5-2.