KOLKATA: England coach Steve Cooper expressed his immense pride in his players after they claimed their first FIFA U-17 World Cup title with a 5-2 victory over Spain after going down by two goals in Saturday’s FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 final at Kolkata.
Sergio Gomez gave the La Rojita a 2-0 lead at the half hour mark, before the Young Lions scripted one of the most memorable comebacks in the history of FIFA U-17 World Cup thanks to a Phil Foden brace along with a goal each from Rhian Brewster, Morgan Gibbs-White and Marc Guehi as England exorcised the demons of U-17 European Championship final where they lost to the same opponent on penalties.
“I am super proud of everyone the players, the staff and everyone. I couldn’t be happier. It was a different kind of game tonight, it was tough, it was a final and you have to grind it out and no one knows better than me it never goes to script. There’s always twists but the courage the players showed tonight was enormous,” said Cooper.
“My only concern was that because we conceded twice within the first 30 minutes, the boys would be so heartbroken they couldn’t pick themselves up for the remainder, but I knew we would finish stronger. It was just a matter of taking our chance when it came, and we did, and like I said: I’m super proud of them.”