England colts completed a remarkable turnaround against Spain to win their maiden FIFA Under-17 World Cup title at the iconic Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata on Saturday.
Sergio Gomez gave Spain the lead in the 10th minute and doubled the team's lead in the 31st minute.
The Young Lions, however, didn't lose faith as Rhian Brewster scored his eighth goal of the tournament just before half-time. Spain went into the break with a one-goal advantage. But if there were any doubts over England's performance in the first half, they were all put to bed in the final 45 minutes of the tie.
Morgan Gibbs-White, Phil Foden (twice) and Marc Guehi all got their names on the scoresheet culminating in a 5-2 scoreline that saw the game off and clinched the World Cup for England in front of a packed stadium. England's victory on Saturday adds to their U-20 World Cup and U-19 Euro crowns in 2017, which has turned out to be a fairytale year for them in youth football. It was also a sweet revenge for England who had gone down to Spain in the U-17 Euro in May.
Here is how the Twitterati reacted to England's come-from-behind victory:
Well done City and well done young England on becoming World Champions. Joel and Phil get yourselves home, we’ve got a game on Wednesday!
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) October 28, 2017
The moment which will e cherished by the fans and off course @England team. The moment everyone craves for- to lift the World Cup pic.twitter.com/nvPYm3aEjT — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) October 28, 2017
England have won the U17 World Cup after beating Spain 5-2...yes Spain. We have a new Golden generation. Well played boys, well played.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 28, 2017
Well done England. Deserving champions and Phil Foden is outstanding.
But real winners are the Kolkata fans! What a crowd! #FifaU17WorldCup
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 28, 2017
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) October 28, 2017
116,157 more people attended the #FIFAU17WC 2017 in India than any other U17WC FIFA tournament.
India 🇮🇳, 2017
1,347,133 (25,906 per match)
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 28, 2017
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 28, 2017
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 28, 2017
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) October 28, 2017
Big upheaval in Under-17 World Cup final after Spain's 2-0 lead. Well played England!Well done India in supporting tournament so splendidly!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 28, 2017
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Updated Date: Oct 29, 2017 00:22:44 IST