England beat Portugal 2-0 today at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium in Malta, with second half goals from Solanke after 52 minutes and Roberts after 74 minutes and they are in the final to be played next Wednesday against either Netherlands or Scotland who play later today, and Newcastle defender Kyle Cameron has been named in the starting line-up for Scotland.
Adam Armstrong – injured and substituted after 36 minutes
Portugal were much the better side in the first half, and they hit the woodwork three times in that opening period, but England managed to turn things around in the second half and came out winners.
Another surprise was that England in the second half – without their top player, Adam Armstrong – were able to score twice against Portugal, who had previously conceded only one goal in their previous nine games in the campaign.
Solanke got England’s nose in front with a goal after 51 minutes, as England center-back Taylor Moore put a nice ball through, and Dominic Solanke controlled the ball brilliantly before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Fábio Duarte.
And then Patrick Roberts, who had another excellent game for England, cut in from the right wing, and his shot spun off defender Rúben Dias and curled over goalkeeper Fábio Duarte to put England two goals up.
Newcastle’s star striker Adam Armstrong and young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman both started the game for England, but Armstrong was replaced after 36 minutes by Onomah, and unfortunately Adam picked up an injury and will now probably miss the final on Wednesday.
This will be the third final the England U17 side have been in, and they won it back in 2010 when now Sunderland striker Connor Wickham was the star player of the tournament.
It will be bad news for both Newcastle star Adam Armstrong and England if he cannot make the final.
Late news – Netherlands beat Scotland 5-0 in the other semi-final, and will now meet England ion the final and they beat us 2-0 in the final group game, but England did field a weakened side.