England dramatically won the European U17 Championship tonight in Malta, after the game ended 1-1 after 80 minutes, and the game went straight to penalties and Newcastle goalkeeper Woodman brilliantly saved the Netherlands first penalty from van der Moot as the Newcastle goalkeeper dived full length to his right to block the shot, and England won the penalty shoot out by converting all four of the penalties needed to win it.
England won the penalty shoot out 4-1 – these lads are not fainthearted – and that first save from Woodman turned out to be crucial to England’s win.
Izzy Brown of England in action tonight
Adam Armstrong unfortunately wasn‘t fit enough to start the game tonight for England, because of his injured ankle, but he was still on the bench, but he wasn’t risked in the game, as England won their second European U17 Championship in the last five attempts. in what was a close game.
It was unfortunate for Adam, who had been one of England’s best players in the tournament.
Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman started in goal for England, whose only win in this Championship before tonight was back in 2010, with the Netherlands having won two of the last three Championships.
England started the game fairly slowly but came more into the game, and after 25 minutes England went ahead with a good goal from Dominic Solanke.
Patrick Roberts put in a left wing corner and Taylor Moore was able to get a shot in, and the ball went to Dominic Solanke, who controlled the ball well with his left foot, and then stroked the ball home with his right foot from just six yards out.
But then on the stoke of half time the Netherlands equalized when Abdelhak Nouri put a great through ball in to Jari Schuurman, who gave the England goalkeeper Woodman no chance from about ten yards out – and it was 1-1 at the half .
It had been a fairly even first half with England looking good and well organized.
Early in the second half Woodman made a good save from Bergwijn, as he caught his swerving shot on goal.
England got an indirect free kick on the Netherlands six yard box, which you very rarely see, but the shot from Onomah was blocked.
The Netherlands were beginning to get the upper hand after 60 minutes, as they were putting more pressure on the England defense, but there were no more goals and after the allotted 80 minutes and three minutes of stoppage time – the game went straight to penalties.
England scored their first penalty though Ledson, and then Newcastle goalkeeper Woodman saved the Netherland’s first penalty, as he dived brilliantly to his right to block the shot from van der Moot.
And then the Netherlands missed their third penalty from Verdonk – wide of Freddie’s right hand post – and Kenny made sure with England’s fourth penalty conversion.
England were the European U17 Champions.