England secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the U-17 European Championships as Reiss Nelson again stole the show against Denmark.
The Three Lions lost their opening bout 2-1 against Sweden, but managed to comeback strongly with a 2-0 victory over France on Monday—with Nelson scoring a first-half penalty—and a 3-1 triumph over Denmark on Thursday.
Nelson opened the scoring after 30 minutes when he finished a fine cross from Chelsea full-back Dujon Sterling, before Mason Mount of Chelsea added a second in the 51st minute.
Sheffield Wednesday starlet George Hirst made sure of the victory in the 78th minute with a sharp finish after a driving run through the heart of the park.
Denmark, for whom defeat ended their title hopes, pulled a goal back late on through Jens Odgaard’s volley, but it wasn’t enough to avoid finishing the group stage in third.
England finish their Group C campaign in third, and advance to face Spain in the quarter-finals, with the match scheduled to take place in the Bakcell Arena, Baku on Sunday.
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Nelson is currently the tournament’s top scorer—tied on three goals with Yari Otto, Jose Gomes and Abel Ruiz—while the impressive Mount’s goal was his first of the competition.