England Are World Champions
4 words that have not been heard since 1966 and 4 words that many did not expect to read in the Sunday papers, however it is true. A thrilling victory where they came back from 2-0 to beat Spain 5-2. Naturally, the cynic brigade was out in force to remind everyone that this was indeed an U17’s tournament however this is something that should not be sneered at but celebrated. England are the first country in history to win three major mens underage tournaments in a single year and this should be hailed as a truly outstanding achievement. In 2017 Englands juniors have now won the Under-17 World Cup Under-19 Euros, Under-20 World Cup were losing finalists on penalties in the Under-17 Euros and Semi finals Under-21 Euros (evidently penalties continue to haunt England regardless of age)
Compare England mens last game, the toiled 1-0 victory against Lithuania and we should allow ourselves to celebrate this latest achievement and look to the future with a quiet confidence. From each tournament a name has come out for which we can have huge hopes for. Dominic Solanke the Golden ball winner for the best player In the U20 World cup has gone on to shine for Liverpool and his stock is continuing to steadily rise. Promisingly for Liverpool Rhian Brewster was the new name to come out of the latest tournament as the one to watch, with 8 goals in 6 games he claimed the Golden Boot award as the tournament’s top scorer.
The foundations have now been laid and it is up to both domestic and national coaches along with the continued motivation of the players to build from this and to target more regular game time for their respective clubs. They have the best facilities in the world at their disposal and the challenge now is to progress. Greg Dyke was laughed at when he gave the target for the England senior team to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, now with a taste for success and a target to work towards who will have the last laugh in the Arabian Peninsula?