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Europe, Under 17s

Algarve Tournament: England 2-2 Portugal

England have concluded their stay in the Algarve by drawing with the host nation.

Alex Henshall was part of England's Victory Shield winning side.

It truly was a game of two halves as England let a two goal lead slip away.

Alex Henshall and Adam Jackson were the Young Lions scorers in the first half.

Jackson was then injured and was followed off the pitch by Jack Dunn after his sending off.

John Lundstram also made his way to the treatment room as it all turned upside down for England.

Portugal seized on the England changes and pulled back the game in the second half to earn a draw.

The result rounds off their stay in Portugal following a draw with Romania and a defeat to Germany.

This game represents the last fixture before next months UEFA Under 17 Championship Elite Qualifying Round where they will meet Northern Ireland, Spain and Belgium.

They go into those matches knowing that only the winner of group five will proceed to the final tournament.

England are the current champions of the European Under 17 Championships, but at this level it can all change very quickly.

It’s more about the country’s whole set up rather than one squad. The winning under 17 squad have all moved on and a new crop of lads are representing the country. It’s all about the infrastructure of youth football that a country has.

Baring this in mind, Spain will be very strong candidates to win England’s final qualifying group, and possibly favourites for the whole tournament.

The Youth Radar will bring full coverage on England’s qualifying and subsequently coverage of the final tournament in the summer.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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