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Europe, Under 17s

European Under 17 Championship: France 2-2 England

Sunderland goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, was on top form to repeatedly deny the French

England Under 17s have drawn their opening game in this year’s European Under 17 Championship.

France were considered England’s toughest test in this group and therefore the result will be welcomed by manager John Peacock and his squad.

France started the stronger side and made the first real chance when Abdallah Yaisien’s shot was denied by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Although it was Everton striker Hallam Hope who produced the first goal. His finish saw it’s way straight past Quentin Beunardeau in the France goal.

Nevertheless, England’s celebrations were short-lived and a goal from Sebastian Haller gave the French their equaliser and their way back into the game.

After periods of the game with nothing really happening, another first half strike gave England the lead once again. Crewe Alexander’s Nick Powell’s effort found the net and once again it was advantage to England.

Late in the first half, Lenny Nangis looked dangerous for France but had his efforts denied by a defiant Jordan Pickford.

The second-half started very interestingly and both teams could have easily scored a couple of goals. Repeated efforts were blocked and repeated corners and free-kicks were cleared. However, Sebastian Haller scored his second and his team’s second goal of the match after 65 minutes.

England became fustrated later on in the game as Blair Turgott was shown a yellow card for a foul on Yaisien.

England will now face Denmark on Friday and will be seeking a victory to increase their hopes of a semi-final appearance.

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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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