Wayne Rooney reached the semi-final of the tournament in 2002 with England and believes it gives a great grounding to future stars…
England have been named the hosts of the 2018 Under-17 European Championships following deliberations by UEFA’s Executive Committee at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
Wayne Rooney, reported in the Mirror, hailed the decision and explained how important he thought the tournament was: “Playing for England in the U17’s finals in 2002 was, at the time, the proudest moment of my life.”
Although venues are yet to be confirmed, the tournament will be played around the Midlands, centred around St. George’s Park.
England have a good record in the competition, winning the 2014 and 2010 editions and reaching the semi-finals in 2011.
The experience of hosting the tournament could be seen as a warm up to hosting the semi-final and final of the 2020 European Championships, and the FA placed their thanks for UEFA’s commitment on record.