The performance shown by the young England squad against Spain was nothing short of amazing as they delivered an astounding comeback. Never before had the Three Lions gone beyond the quarterfinals before, but they took inspiration from the England U20 squad who won their World Cup earlier this year.
Steve Cooper’s squad were exceptional throughout the whole game. Heads up and not buckling under pressure when they dropped two goals early to Barcelona forward Sergio Gomez was one part. The other was the continued focus and attention until the very end with disregard to the lead they attained.
The Lions mounted the comeback with Sessegnon’s assist towards Rhian Brewster, who scored his eighth goal of the tournament following two hat-tricks in his two previous games. After Wolves forward, Morgan Gibbs White, equalised, it seemed England was the favourite to win the game.
Manchester City’s talent and the man of the match, Phil Foden, stole at the back post to put England in the lead. Marc Guehi, put himself on the scoresheet, as the Chelsea defender shot from close range. Foden wasn’t done yet, though, as he went on to cement England’s victory with the fifth goal with a beautiful shot.
Usually when Spain and England play, the former are the ones who lead the game and knit across the field with the majority of ball possession time as well as passes, while the latter hopes on counterattacks. This time though, both of Spain’s goals were scored from the counter while England was in control of the game in every other aspect.
The Golden Ball award is granted to the tournament’s most valuable player who was the final’s MVP as well, Phil Foden. The top goalscorer award, The Golden Shoe, went towards Rhian Brewster with his two phenomenal hat-tricks as well as the goal in the final which put the comeback in sight.
England’s national teams hadn’t had significant success over the past few years, but with the nation’s younger teams celebrating trophies this year, the future seems bright. Many of the players are already signed with top Premier League teams, Sancho made his Bundesliga debut, and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola told Foden he would’ve been on the pitch in the League Cup if he hadn’t gone to India. The sun shines brightly on the future of English football indeed.
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