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England To Face Malta, Holland And Turkey In European Under 17 Championship Finals

 

Chelsea's Dom Solanke scored twice throughout qualifying.

Chelsea’s Dom Solanke scored twice throughout qualifying.

England under 17s will face Turkey, Netherlands and host nation Malta at the European Under 17 Championship next month.

England won three games out of three in their elite qualifying campaign earlier this month and have been gifted what seems a relatively straightforward group.

Netherlands will pose the toughest challenge but England are expected to overcome Turkey and Malta to progress to the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals they could face Germany, Switzerland, Scotland or Portugal, who make up Group B.

England kick off their campaign against the hosts on Friday 9th May. Group matches will take place on 9, 12 and 15 May at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium, Paolo’s Hibernians Stadium and Gozo Stadium.

This is the last year that the competition will be an eight-team event before moving to a 16-nation contest at Bulgaria 2015.

Sir Trevor Brooking reflected on the elite round and believes England can go all the way.

“I went out to the Elite Round games. Czech Republic were the hosts and they had a decent team, so to win that first game gave us control of the group.

“Albania, not surprisingly were a bit more cautious in their structure so it was about breaking that down.

“But we got that second win and then after the Czechs did really well to score two late goals to beat Italy, we went into our last game against Italy as favourites.

“It was a long 25 minutes after they equalised in the second half, because if we’d have lost then we would have finished third in the group.

“But over the three games, there were some good performances individually and collectively and to get nine points was very positive.”

England are looking to repeat the success of 2010, the last time they won the tournament.

“I remember John Peacock saying to this group that we were always hopeful they could do well this season,” Brooking said.

“We have a strong nucleus and we have a creative, attacking depth too, which is possibly as good as 2010.

“It would be unfair to pick individuals out, as we have a strong nucleus and we have a creative, attacking depth too, which is possibly as good as 2010.”

 

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