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England Under 17s Beat Turkey To Put One Foot In Semi Finals

England under 17s convincingly beat Turkey this morning to all but reach the European under 17 Championship semi-finals.

Unless Malta beat Netherlands this afternoon, John Peacock’s side will play in the final four.

It was a rocky start for England though, who first of all were spared a lifeline by Freddie Woodman after the Newcastle United stopper saved a penalty, but then went behind thanks to Bursaspor forward Enes Unal.

Joseph Gomez, the centre back who conceded the penalty, made up for his error by spectacularly setting up the equaliser. He ran no less than 60 yards to the byline where he pulled back a pass to set up Dom Solanke for a simple finish.

The Chelsea striker scored again after half-time after Fulham forward Patrick Roberts set him up this time.

Jonjoe Kenny got on the scoresheet from right back as Roberts set up another attack. Even at this early stage, Robert seems a potential candidate for player of the tournament.

Roberts even had a hand in England’s final goal. Adam Armstrong was the eventual scorer, only after Roberts had his shot denied by Tarik Cetin and palmed into the path of the Newcastle striker.

Elsewhere, Portugal qualified for the final four after Luis Mata’s goal gave them victory over Switzerland. Germany play Scotland later today to determine whether Portugal will win the group and whether Scotland have any hope of reaching the semi-finals.

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