KOLKATA: England marksman Rhian Brewster claimed the Golden Boot Award at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after the Liverpool FC striker netted eight goals in seven games for the champions.

Brewster, 17, netted a first half header as England thump Spain 5-2 after rallying from two goals down to claim their maiden U-17 World Cup in Kolkata.

And with Spain’s Abel Ruiz and Mali’s Lassana N’diyae was unable to add to their six goal tally in Saturday’s final and third place play-off against England and Brazil respectively, Brewster finished two goals clear at the top of the chart.

“Scoring just before half-time was key to making it 2-1 because whoever scored the next goal was a bit crucial,” Brewster said after the final. “I was happy to score my eighth goal of the tournament and win 5-2.”

Brewster opened his account with a free-kick goal against Mexico after a rather quiet opening encounter against Chile. Though the Chadwell Heath-born was unable to find the target in Young Lions’ in next two games with Iraq and Japan but returned to the score-sheet with successive hat-tricks in quarterfinal and semifinal against the USA and Brazil.

“At the beginning, I scored one in four games, so to win the Golden Boot and score a couple of hat-tricks, it is an amazing feeling. “I enjoyed every moment of this tournament. It’s been a great month.” Brewster added.

“Rhian performed very well in this tournament and scored many nice goals. He deserves to be top scorer in the competition.” England coach Steve Cooper said.

 

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