The Three Lions claim first prize in the UEFA Under-17 European Championship in Malta, beating the Netherlands on spot-kicks in the final. Roy Hodgson can’t believe it!
England’s footballing future looks very bright.
The Three Lions were crowned champions of Europe in the Under-17 category on Wednesday evening following a penalty-shootout win over the Netherlands in the final of a UEFA-organised event.
Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke gave England the lead after 25 minutes of the 80-minute contest.
Feyenoord youngster Jari Schuurman equalised just before half-time and, although England edged the second period, there were no more goals, meaning that the game went straight to spot kicks.
England found the net with all four of their penalties, thanks to Lens defender Taylor Moore, Middlesbrough’s Callum Cooke and Everton pair Ryan Ledson and Jonjoe Kenny.
The Netherlands missed two of their three attempts from 12 yards. Dani van der Moot was denied by Newcastle United goalkeeper Fred Woodman (pictured below), before Calvin Verdonk slid his effort wide.
England reached the final after finishing second in Group A, behind the Netherlands, but ahead of Turkey and Malta.
The champions overcame Portugal 2-0 in the semis.
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England last won the tournament back in 2010, beating Spain 2-1 in the final in Liechtenstein.
The Netherlands were champions in 2011 and 2012, before Russia won the tournament a year later.