KOLKATA: Daniel Loader scored a second-half brace as England ran away from Iraq 4-0 to make it three wins from three in Group F at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Angel Gomes and Emile Smith Rowe also struck either side of half-time as the English fully overran their Asian rivals in the final half hour. Iraq still advance with four points, but they will be without star striker Mohammed Dawood, who came on as a second half substitute and picked up a yellow card suspension.
England opened the scoring in a wildly entertaining first half in the 11th minute thanks to a wicked Nya Kirby cross. Jadon Sancho just failed to get on to it, but captain Angel Gomes was there to clean up the chance. They could have doubled their lead 15 minutes later, but impressive Iraqi goalkeeper Ali Ibadi dove well to save a penalty from Sancho.
The Europeans attack came fully to life, and they were rampant after the break. Smith Rowe and Gomes combined well for their second in the 57th minute; then the Loader show started. In both goals, his speed and an early ball let him loose in front of the stranded Iraqi goalkeeper. For the first, he rounded Ibadi with style; the second saw him cut the ball across goal and inside the left post.
The only question then was how many England would score, but Callum Hudson-Odoi could only go close with a couple of good chances in the closing minutes.