FIFA U-17: England Thrashes Japan In Penalty Shootout

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Kolkata: England beat Japan by 5-3 in a penalty shootout and set up a quarterfinal clash with USA in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Kolkata on Tuesday.

They may have had a jinx in the penalty shootout with the latest being their Euro U-17 final defeat to Spain earlier this year, but the Steve Cooper team remained calm in front of a 53,302 turnout as substitute Nya Kirby sealed the issue after their goalkeeper Curtis Anderson denied Hinata Kida.

England sorely missed their star attacking midfielder Sancho and the team struggled to get their formation right with Callum Hudson-Odoi or Philip Foden pressed into his position, but without any fruitful result. England will travel to USA for their round of eight clash in Goa on Sunday.

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