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Conte Praises Chelsea Youngsters’ Performance In U-17 WC

London, Oct 30 (IANS) Chelsea chief coach Antonio Conte heaped praise on the club’s youngsters, who were a part of the England team which recently won the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Chelsea academy products Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, George McEachran, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Conor Gallagher were a part of the England U-17 team which defeated Spain 5-2 in Kolkata on Saturday to lift the World Cup.

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“I am very happy for our five players, and sometimes Odoi has travelled with us (the first team),” the Italian was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Sunday.

“I am very happy for our academy because it means our academy is working very well. I want to give these possibilities — but you have to deserve these possibilities,” Conte added.

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The 48-year-old also said football in England is developing at an incredible pace and in future it will be difficult for any nation to beat their senior team.

“I think football in England is growing in an incredible way because it is not the only result the young players (have had),” the Chelsea coach said.

“The under-19s won, the under-20s have won and the under-21s also played a really good European Championship. It means football in England is growing and improving a lot. I am sure that in the future it will be very difficult to beat, the England national team, the first team,” Conte added.

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Muted Celebrations, Eye On Future, Says England Coach Cooper

Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) Not getting carried away with their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph, England coach Steve Cooper on Sunday said they had muted celebrations at the team hotel on Saturday night with chicken on the dinner menu.

“We made some speeches, it was a very nice feeling…the families came and we just enjoyed the moment. Like I said, sometimes when you do good things you have to enjoy it,” Cooper told reporters here.

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England rallied brilliantly to wipe out a two-goal deficit and steamroll Spain 5-2 in a thrilling final to annex their maiden title.

Phillip Foden — later adjudged the golden ball winner for his superb display — struck a brace (69th and 88th minutes), and Rhian Brewster (44th), Morgan Gibbs-White (58th) and Marc Guehi (84th) scored one apiece for England who continued their dream run of 2017, having earlier clinched the U-20 World Cup and the U-19 European championships.

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For Spain, Sergio Gomez scored both goals (10th, 31st), before a capacity crowd of more than 66,000, who cheered on both teams, making it a cracker of an atmosphere at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

“There has been quite a bit on social media with David Beckham, and first team England players. There have been loads of messages on social media from back home. I am just really pleased with what we have done. Nobody’s going to get carried away. We have still got a long way to go with these boys but it’s important you enjoy it,” the coach said when quizzed about messages flowing in from England after the achievement.

Senior team manager Gareth Southgate wished the team last night, Cooper said.

“All national coaches (congratulated us). Gareth Southgate’s been on. A lot of senior management team’s been watching the game as well so everybody is really pleased.

“When you do something like this everybody has a smile. As I said yesterday in the press conference, its recognition for what we are doing with England teams,” Cooper said.

England will never forget India, Cooper added saying the amount of support they have received was amazing.

“We have loved India. it has been a fantastic experience…Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa. 24 hours in Guwahati…so every moment has been a life experience not just football experience. I am grateful to the people and the fans who turned up for the game…something that we will never forget,” he said.

At the dinner table, Cooper said he congratulated the players and stressed on the work the support staff have done throughout the meet.

“Just congratulations. Recognition for the staff as well. We got a huge staff here and they did their part. The boys are grateful to them also. They also got a cheer and got their medals too. We did not get carried away with our celebrations. We enjoyed each other’s company and had a good time,” Cooper said.

India coach Stephen Constantine congratulated the team after the win and wished them luck before their final against Spain.

“He has been constantly on the text. He sent his congratulatory message after the game and even wished us luck before the game. So we have been friends now. We are happy that an English coach is doing well here. We are grateful for his help in Mumbai as well.”

“The team had chicken on the menu and we had quite a time sharing the joy with each other,” team media officer Amy Hart said.

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U-17 WC: Rooney, Kane Hail England Colts’ Maiden Triumph

Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) England’s all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney and current captain Harry Kane hailed England’s superlative display in the FIFA U-17 World Cup where the colts raised the bar further by emulating their U-20 team to lift the trophy.

“Yessss!!! Congratulations to all involved. Been class throughout the tournament,” Rooney, who retired from international football earlier this year, tweeted.

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“Congrats to the U17s – a fantastic achievement!” Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane, who is England’s main hope for Russia 2018, tweeted.

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Kane’s Spurs lost to Manchester United 1-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday, some hours before Steve Cooper’s England took the field against Spain. But despite the setback, the talismanic striker made sure he wished the Phil Fodens and the Rhian Brewsters.

Legendary former England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer lauded the character of the boys stating it was a brilliant performance throughout the tourney.

“Congratulations @england U17’s! Great character shown. Brilliant performances all tournament. World Cup winners!,” Shearer tweeted.

Former England marksman Michael Owen underlined the fact that his country produces “top-class” young talent with the maiden U-17 World Cup victory following the U-20 triumph earlier this year in South Korea and the U-19 European Championships win as well.

“Our young lions triumph again. Brilliant achievement and once again, just goes to show we produce top class young talent. Well done lads,” Owen wrote on Twitter.

England rallied brilliantly to wipe out a two-goal deficit and steamroll Spain 5-2 in a thrilling final to annex their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup title here on Saturday.

Phillip Foden — later adjudged the golden ball winner for his superb display — struck a brace (69th and 88th minutes), and Rhian Brewster (44th), Morgan Gibbs-White (58th) and Marc Guehi (84th) scored one apiece for England who continued their dream run of 2017, having earlier clinched the U-20 World Cup and the U-19 European championships.

For Spain, Sergio Gomez scored both goals (10th, 31st), before a capacity crowd of more than 66,000, who cheered on both teams, making it a cracker of an atmosphere at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

England midfielder Nya Kirby, who scored the winning penalty against Japan in the round of 16 tie, was asked in the mixed zone about England dominating at the global age-group tournaments.

“I think the DNA programme is really working. Across age groups and also in the senior team we play in a certain way and that has helped,” Kirby said at the mixed zone on Saturday after the final.

Asked if there was any message from Jadon Sancho who had to leave the squad after the group stages due to club commitments at Borussia Dortmund, Kirby said: “Yes yes. He said he felt a big part of the team and congratulated us.”

Sancho posted a picture of the team on Twitter celebrating at the podium with the glittering trophy. He wrote: “My team”.

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Hysteria As Young Lions Lift U-17 World Cup Trophy

Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) With a swagger accentuating their victory walk, elation and pride writ on their visages, the English U-17 squad hoisted their first-ever World Cup trophy after a historic win over Spain at a packed Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here.

Mass hysteria prevailed at the stadium on Saturday as Philip Foden and Rhian Brewster led the squad in a victory run, arms wide open as if to embrace the trophy, which was brought to the dais by Indian senior team captain Sunil Chhetri to a thunderous applause.

Brewster received the Golden Boot for scoring the highest number of goals (8) and the Golden Ball went to the spectacular playmaker Foden while Brazilian goalkeeper Brazao was honoured with the Golden Glove award.

Huddles, hugs and kisses rained on the trophy as FIFA President Giani Infantino handed it over to the Young Lions.

As it was hoisted by Angel Gomes, the entire squad leapt on one another in a raucous celebration.

They clung to it tight and rejoiced under showers of confetti and gazes of millions of fans. Punching the air and patting each other, the team broke into an impromptu dance.

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, AIFF President Prafull Patel and Infantino and other FIFA officials presided over the award presentation.

Luck eluded Spain a fourth time in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final and this was clear on their faces.

Wiping off tears with their jerseys and trying to cheer each other up, they braved the guard of honour which was arranged by team England in true sportsmanship.

With crest-fallen faces, they each went up to the dais for the final felicitation. Brazil was awarded the FIFA U17 World Cup Fair Play trophy.

Congratulations poured in from all quarters, including British royalty.

The Kensington Palace tweeted: “The Duke of Cambridge: “Congratulations to @England on becoming World Champions in an amazing #U17WorldCupFinal.”

Retired English footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: “We have a new Golden generation. Well played boys, well played.”

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Never Panicked Even When We Were 2-0 Down: England Coach

Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) England were 2-0 in the dumps in the first half of the FIFA U-17 World Cup final against Spain but there was no consternation in their ranks, coach Steve Cooper said after their 5-2 win on Saturday.

England lifted their maiden World Cup in front of a 66,684 sellout crowd at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here.

After Sergio Gomez’s brace had put the European champions in front (10th, 31st), Rhian Brewster (44th), Morgan Gibbs-White (58th) and Marc Guehi (84th) scored one apiece while Phil Foden — later adjudged the Golden Ball winner for his superb display — struck a brace (69th and 88th minutes) to pull off an amazing comeback.

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“It’s easy to say this now. I really did not think there was real panic. We should have scored in the first minute, was it? We the ones who took the initiative… we pressed a lot higher and played forward a lot more,” Cooper, with the trophy kept in front of him, told reporters.

“We were even in control of the game being 2-0 down. We stuck to our plan. Halftime talk was positive and we played good football without that cutting edge,” Cooper said.

“To be 2-0 down in a World Cup (final) and in my opinion against the run of play… To comeback and win 5-2 tells you everything about the character of English players,” he said.

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Cooper reserved special praise for India as hosts and especially Kolkata, where England played six of their seven World Cup matches.

“I have to say thank you to India and Kolkata deserves special mention. The six out of seven games we have played out here… it’s been an amazing experience. It’s easy to say that sitting out here. But honestly, whatever happened today, we will go back much better professionals and better England players and staff. I want to go on record and say India has hosted a top tournament in so many ways,” Cooper said.

Asked if England, who have stuck to possession-based football throughout the tournament much like Spain’s fabled ‘tiki taka’, beat the La Rojita in their own game, Cooper said: “We beat Spain playing our own game. We thought this is how we want to play. England teams will typify that. So if it’s similar to the Spanish game, it’s great that they have been successful but this is us doing our thing our way.”

Cooper did not want to single out Foden for praise, saying he had 21 stories to tell about the 21 players in the England squad as to what went behind winning the World Cup.

“Foden got the Golden Ball but each of the 21 members have got a gold medal around their neck. I am not the one to talk about individuals. Joel (Latibeaudiere) and Angel (Gomes), the non-playing captain picked up the trophy together without anyone telling them. This typifies the togetherness in our team. I can give you 21 stories about the 21 players why we won the World Cup.”

The feeling, Cooper said, would sink in on Sunday morning once they have realised what they have done.

“The feeling is… I am speechless. The feeling is little bit surreal. I think it might feel a little better tomorrow once we realise what we have done. The players were fantastic all throughout the tournament, the staff. In my opinion, we are worthy winners of the tournament… the way we played, the goals we scored, ones we conceded. The football that we played… individual talent, team identity and the character and personality we showed.”

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We Will Never Forget This Match: Brewster

Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) England’s Golden Boot winner Rhian Brewster said the maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup win will be etched in his memory forever.

“The fact remains that we believed in ourselves firmly and could achieve the target. We will play the game for many years now and will never forget this moment,” said Brewster who scored England’s first goal after Spain’s Sergio Gomez had given them a 2-0 lead inside the first 31 minutes.

Brewster echoed his coach Steve Cooper, saying they were never under pressure even after being 2-0 in the dumps.

“Yes, we did not panic at the half-time. We were confident of coming back even though we were 0-2 down. The first goal was extremely important for us,” said the top-scorer of the tournament who got the Golden Boot for his eight goals.

Cooper had also asserted that they never panicked.

“It’s easy to say this now. I really did not think there was real panic. We should have scored in the first minute, was it? We the ones who took the initiative… we pressed a lot higher and played forward a lot more,” Cooper said.

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2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Final – England Clinched First U-17 World Cup; Beat Spain 5-2

England clinched its first ever U-17 World Cup after dramatically defeating Spain by a margin of 5-2 goals. Trailing by two goals, England put on an outstanding performance to recover as they replied with five goals.

Sergio Gomez put Spain 2-0 ahead after scoring two goals on 10’ and 31’. Just before the half-time, Rhian Brewster opened the scoreline for England.

In the second half, Morgan Gibbs-White levelled the scoreline for England on 56 minutes which was followed by Phil Foden twice (69’ and 88’) and Marc Guehi once (84’) that led them to clinch the trophy.

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Spain earned their 1-0 lead just under 10 minutes which was scored by Sergio Gomez. Juan Miranda produced a cross which hit on Cesar Gelabert’s body and travelled to the goal, but before the English goalie Curtis Anderson made a try to save the ball, Gomez contributed a touch that beat Anderson.

After the half-an-hour mark, Gomez struck again as Spain took a 2-0 lead. Gelabert brilliantly generated a cross for Gomez who replied with a superb finish that Anderson had no chance to save.

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During the first half, England played slightly better football than Spain, especially after Spain’s second goal, but their final third performance was not so enough to scare Spain.

On 44 minutes, England finally opened their account through the Rhian Brewster’s header. Steven Sessegnon’s cross found Brewster whose header beat the Spanish goalie (Alvaro Fernandez).

Morgan Gibbs-White equalised the scoreline for England (2-2) on 56 minutes. Steven Sessegnon crossed a ball for Gibbs-White who just tapped into the goal.

On 69 minutes, Phil Foden put England 3-2 ahead. Callum Hudson-Odoi produced a low cross for Foden who netted successfully.

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Phil Foden celebrating after put England ahead by 3-2 (Image Source: Getty Images)

On 84 minutes, England secured the game after Marc Guehi made the scoreline 4-2 for England. Hudson-Odoi’s cross from a set-piece reached Brewster, whose header brought down the ball to Jonathan Panzo and Guehi finished that successfully.

Just 4 minutes later, Foden added another after Hudson-Odoi’s through delivery found him.

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U-17 WC: Spain, England Eye Maiden Title (Preview)

Kolkata, Oct 27 (IANS) England and Spain will have their eyes firmly trained on the history books waiting to christen them as first-time champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup when the two footballing hotshots renew acquaintances in the hotly-anticipated final here on Saturday.

In the first all-European final of this competition, England, who have never gone beyond the quarter-finals and are looking to emulate the U-20 boys, will have revenge on their minds while European champions Spain — runners up thrice — aim to brighten their trophy cabinet with a World Cup crown.

It was only in May this year that Spain colts, known as La Rojita, pipped England 4-1 on penalties to bag the UEFA U-17 European Championships in Croatia.

That was the third meeting of the two teams in the final of the European Championships with Spain triumphant in 2007, and the Young Lions exacting revenge three years later.

The Spaniards once more emerged victorious in May, but only after a nail-biting climax. England went ahead twice and frittered their advantage, with Spain’s second equaliser coming in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Spain went on to win on penalties.

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Cut to India, where England have been perfect leading up to the summit clash, with Spain peaking at the right time, it promises to be a lip-smacking affair at the colossal Vivekananda Yuba Krirangan, expected to be packed to the rafters.

It has been a landmark year for England so far, who since the Booby Moore led team’s World Cup win in 1966, had failed to achieve any sort of success at the international level .

The jinx was broken in June, when the U-20 side lifted the World Cup beating Venezuela in the final.

The U-19 team picked up from there, bagging the UEFA European U-19 Championship crown a month later.

With Steve Cooper’s side registering a clinical 3-1 victory over three-time champions Brazil in the semi-final here, they became the fourth England youth team to reach a final in the calendar year.

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Since the 4-0 bossing of Chile in the u-17 tournament opener, England have made it clear who the trailblazers would be.

Mexico threatened to rein them in with a quickfire second-half blitz from Diego Lainez while Japan frustrated them even further, dragging the round of 16 game to England’s most dreaded penalties. On both occasions, the boys in white showed composure which Cooper feels belies their age. Iraq were also dealt with 4-0.

They were head and shoulders above the US in the quarter-final in Goa — the only game they played out of Kolkata — and dictated a flair-filled Brazil. England are the only team in the tourney to have won all their games leading up to the final.

In Spain though, they face their sternest test yet.

Santiago Denia’s boys have gone from strength to strength in the tournament and look unrecognisable from the team that lost the first game to Brazil 1-2 in Kochi.

After registering two facile wins over Niger and Korea DPR in Group D to qualify for the knockout stages, Spain underlined their title credentials with a strong 2-1 performance against in-form France.

They bettered their showing against Iran who had defeated Germany 4-0 in the preliminary round and in the semis, sent Mali packing 3-1.

At the heart of their display was skipper Abel Ruiz who led from the front.

Scoring six goals in six games, the FC Barcelona youth striker alongwith Valencia’s Ferran Torres, who plays down the right channel, and Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder Cesar Gelabert form a formidable trio up front for Spain.

England will bank on Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster who is currently the tournament’s leading marksman (7 goals), having scored back-to-back hat-tricks against the US and Brazil.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden has been a live-wire in creating chances while George McEachran has no replacement as a holding midfielder who can also unlock rival defences with his jinking runs down the middle.

In defence, skipper City’s Joel Latibeaudiere has been a rock.

Since the Brazil loss, Spain have not floundered much while it would be hard to put a finger on any chinks in England’s armour. A battle of attrition awaits.

Squads:

England: Curtis Anderson, Josef Bursik, William Crelin; Timothy Eyoma, Joel Latibeaudiere, Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, Lewis Gibson, Steven Sessegnon, Morgan Gibbs White, Tashan Oakley Boothe; Conor Gallagher, Angel Gomes, Nya Kirby, George McEachran; Callum Hudson Odoi, Philip Foden, Emile Smith Rowe, Rhian Brewster, Danny Loader

Spain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Nacho Diaz, Pedro Ruiz, Marc Vidal, Alvaro Garcia, Eric Garcia, Diego Pampin, Jose Lara, Cesar Gelabert, Carlos Beitia, Victor Perea, Alfonso Pastor.

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Our Thoughts Are On Winning FIFA U-17 Trophy Now: England Captain Latibeaudiere

Kolkata, Oct 26 (IANS) England U-17 team skipper Joel Latibeaudiere has his eyes trained on winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup after the Young Lions brushed Brazil aside by a 3-1 scoreline in the semi-final.

“The thought has always been to get to where we are now, and hopefully, win the trophy,” Latibeaudiere said at the mixed zone here.

Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster struck a brace in the first half (10th and 39th minutes) before finding the net again in the 77th minute in the thrilling and fast last-four clash, that saw an attendance of nearly 64,000 spectators on Wednesday.

Three-time champions Brazil’s only goal came from Wesley (21st) and they would now take on Mali in a clash for the third place, hours before the final.

England have already claimed FIFA U-20 World Cup title and a UEFA European U-19 Championship crown this year.

On Wednesday, England’s U-17 side took another step to becoming world champions at their level.

“The U-20’s did it and that’s just motivation for us. It just shows where English football has got to now and it’s just great for English football, in general. To be in the final is just joy, happiness. It’s just a great feeling,” the captain said.

On Brewster, Latibeaudiere said: “Rhian is a big character, on and off the pitch. He’s very motivational, he gets the team going with his goals and all his other attributes,” the defender said.

“Off the pitch, he’s very motivational in helping out and talking to the team. He’s a leader within himself, so when he scores the three goals, we’re all happy. We know that we’ve got a trusted No9, who can win us games like he has done against USA and against Brazil today.”

England will take on Spain on Saturday in the summit clash in a repeat of the European U-17 Championships earlier this year. Spain won 4-1 on penalties against Mali after the two teams were locked 2-2 in regulation time.

 

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My Boys Performed Beyond Their Age: England Coach Cooper

Kolkata, Oct 25 (IANS) England coach Steve Cooper on Wednesday lauded his wards who outsmarted Brazil 3-1 in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup semi-final here, saying the way they played was way beyond their age.

“When you play against a team like Brazil, I think there were two main ways of scoring tonight. One is transition — if we attack quickly we might get behind their back line as quickly as we can. If not, we had to be patient, get together, fill the spaces down the side from crossing areas. To score three goals from something that we planned was really pleasing. That again is recognition for the boys,” Cooper told reporters after the match.

“Realising how to score, where are the spaces and making good decisions. We made some substitutions. Emile Smith-Rowe created the third goal by getting into that area as well. 

“Character, mentality and understanding of the players today was really good, way beyond their age.” 

Rhian Brewster scored a hat-trick as the Young Lions stormed into their maiden final at this level.

Cooper said the fact that they stuck to their plan which he would not change for any opposition, was satisfying and a recognition of the good work done in their country and by the English clubs at the youth level.

“We scored three goals and Brazil had conceded only a couple throughout the whole tournament. They are a strong team. We would have liked the ball a bit more in the first half and that’s normally our style of play,” he said.

“But it’s not always as easy for that to happen — particularly when you play a World Cup semi-final on a big occasion and against a very good team. So there was a little bit of fight for possession in the opening 25-30 minutes. But eventually, we settled down and got our positioning right on the pitch. As soon as we did, we managed to get in really well and took our chances, scored three goals. We are worthy winners overall.

“They are going to play the World Cup final now and it’s a fantastic moment for the country and amazing recognition of what the clubs and academies are doing back in England.”

Cooper spoke of the English FA’s DNA programme launched in 2014, saying they are a part of it and the long-term goal is to win World Cups and European Championships at the senior level.

“What we are trying to do with the DNA and St-George’s Park. So it’s part of a long-term process. We are just going to enjoy the moment. We need to stick to a plan and recover tomorrow. We need to sit with the boys. We will comeback ready to go again in a few days and maybe the crowd might get behind us.

“We are a part of the DNA process. There is no doubt about that. We are one of many England teams trying to do the same thing as part of a bigger plan. They go hand in hand. What we are doing is fantastic out here but it’s part of the greater good. That’s winning World Cups and European Championships at senior level.

“In that process, these events are vital. It’s vital that we do well and learn from it. We are going to play the final now. It is two-fold. We want to be successful but we also want to make sure when the players get back on the plane and go back to England, they are much better footballers, much better people and England players.”

Cooper waxed lyrical about Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu, adding his boys deserve a lot of credit for their positioning in the second half.

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