United States to face England in Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals

United States to face England in Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals

United States to face England in Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals

Sancho has been recalled by Borussia Dortmund from the England squad for the Under-17 World Cup in India. We can't get away from it. But part of my work is to develop all parts of global football. "We have to learn when we lose and celebrate when we win them as well", Cooper said.

In the engrossing tactical battle between the two continental heavyweights, it was England whose goalscoring chances were legion, but it was Japan who won the hearts with their astute defending - the heartbreaking loss on penalties notwithstanding, such was Japan's resilience on the night that late into the second half, Moriyama's boys even won over the Kolkata crowd which had all but acted as a home support for Steve Cooper's side.

"Penalties are the harshest way to decide a football match but our idea is to develop all parts of the players and penalty shootouts are a part of that development".

Japan, lining up in a traditional 4-4-2, played with 10 men behind the ball whenever they conceded possession in their own half.

"We are aware that the furthest we have gone is quarterfinal and we have equalled that". It has been wonderful, so good for the players, not just England but all the players in such developmental tournaments. It's been wonderful attendance here, so good for players for players and all the teams to play in front of such a crowd atmosphere in a developmental tournament like this.

England Under-17's manager Steve Cooper has described losing Jadon Sancho as "a disappointment". "The local public need a pat in the back for that".

"We'll love to comeback to Kolkata obviously to stay in the competition", Cooper concluded.

"They had some shots from the edge of the box but did not quite get clear cut chances and that was because of our defence".

"But we look forward and not back".

They will now play United States of America in the round of eight and Cooper said getting as far as they ever have is something to be proud of. "That body language helped us score and save one as well", Cooper told reporters after the match. "I was moved by the players, who fought hard and did their utmost", he said.

"I'm really but really proud of the way we stood up and did not let them in".

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