The England U17 team won their third game in their group in the Elite round of the European U17 Championships, and have qualified with seven other sides for the finals to be held in Malta in May, and Newcastle youngsters Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman both played the full 90 minutes, in what was an impressive display by the England side.
England celebrate after a great 2-1 win and three wins in a row
England had won their first two games and Italy had to win this game for them to go through to the finals ,and they came at England from the first whistle.
But it was Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong who put England ahead in the 20th minute with a terrific left footed drive that whistled across the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
And England had Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to thank four minutes before half time, when he made a top-class save to push Valerio Trani’s shot over the crossbar – a terrific save by the England goalkeeper.
Adam Armstrong scores brilliant first goal for England
England led 1-0 at the half
But then in the 52nd minute Italy scored, and that was the first goal Freddie Woodman has conceded in the three games in the Elite round, but England made sure of a 100% record when Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke scored the winning goal in the 71st minute.
And in the last 30 minutes Italy came at England, but the youngsters were calm and solid at the back, and nailed their third win in a row, and must now be one of the favorites to win the Championship.
The winners of the seven groups join host country Malta in the finals to be held in May.
England U17s (1-4-2-3-1): 1 Fred Woodman (Newcastle United), 3 Callum Connolly (Everton), 5 Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic), 15 Taylor Moore (RC Lens), 2 Tafari Moore (Arsenal); 4 Ryan Ledson (C) (Everton), 14 Lewis Cook (Leeds United); 11 Isaiah Brown (Chelsea), 8 Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), 10 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea); 9 Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United).
Substitutes: 16 Callum Cooke (Middlesbrough) for Cook 76, 17 Josh Sims (Southampton) for Solanke 78, 7 Demetri Mitchell (Manchester United) for Brown 80.
Substitutes not used: 13 Sam Howes (West Ham United), 6 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 12 Mandela Egbo (Crystal Palace), 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal)
Goals: Armstrong (20), Solanke (71)
Italy U17 (4-2-3-1): 1 Alex Meret; 15 Mauro Coppolaro, 5 Ivan Francesco De Santis, 6 Fabio Della Giovanna, 3 Federico Dimarco; 7 Gianfilippo Felicioli, 4 Filippo Romagna (C), 8 Rolando Mandragora, 10 Simone Minelli; 11 Antonio Panico Giuseppe, 18 Valerio Trani.
Substitutes: 13 Simone Giuliano for Dimarco 41, 17 Andrea D’Orazio for Della Giovanna 51, 16 Francesco Cassata for Felicioli
Substitutes not used: 12 Andrea Zaccagno, 14 Alberto Picchi.
Goal: Trani (52)
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