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England, Spain clash in U-17 final

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Kolkata: A riveting contest is on the cards when England and Spain lock horns in the first-ever all-European summit clash of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup which will have a new champion tomorrow after a record-breaking tournament.

After three weeks of high intensity and top quality football, only England and Spain will be in contention for the top honour. And both sides will be seeking their maiden title when they come out in front of the full-capacity 66,000-odd crowd at the Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow.

A goal feast can be expected from two of the most aggressive sides in the tournament. While England have scored 18 goals so far, Spain have 15 to their credit.

England are playing in their maiden final in their fourth appearance while Spain have featured as losing finalists on three earlier occasions in 1991, 2003 and 2007. It will be a repeat of the European U-17 Championship match in Croatia in May when Spain had emerged winners on a penalty shootout after a 2-2 stalemate in the time and the Three Lions will be looking for revenge tomorrow.

A win for England will also herald an unprecedented year for their colts as their Under-20 team had won the World Cup in Korea earlier this year while their Under-19 side were the European champions. In its bid to wake up a “sleeping giant”, the FIFA had allotted this U-17 World Cup to India in December 2013, but this edition is turning out to be record-breaking one in terms of most spectator attendance and number of goals.

With two matches — the third place playoff and the final– remaining, the total number of spectators from the 50 matches so far has already logged 1,224,027 which is a mere 6949 less than the earlier record attendance of 1,230,976 in the first edition of the tournament in China in 1985.

This India edition is also set to become the highest scoring tournament with 170 goals from 50 matches so far, just two goals behind the earlier highest of 172 during the 2013 edition in the United Arab Emirates.

With three more goals from the remaining two matches,this edition will have the best goal average since the format was changed in 2007 to a 24-team affair from the earlier 16-team participation.

On form, there is very little to differentiate between the two though England may start slight favourites having shocked pre-tournament favourites Brazil in the semifinals while also having played all but one of their six earlier matches at the same stadium.

England also is the only unbeaten side in the tournament while Spain had lost to Brazil in their campaign-opener.England’s only blemish so far had been their inability to beat Japan in the time in the pre-quarterfinals though they won through penalty shootout. Spain and England have now three times in the final of European U-17 Championships.

Both sides enjoy possessing the ball for long but Spain,famous for their tika-taka style, will no doubt have more possession as they have been doing all through the tournament. There will also be some individual battles to fight between star England striker Rhian Brewster and his Spain counterpart and captain Abel Ruiz both of who have single-handedly taken their sides to the final.

Brewster, who sent Brazil packing with his second hat-trick of the tournament, and Ruiz, whose double strike against Mali sealed a summit clash spot for Spain, have scored seven  and six goals respectively and they are in the running for the  Golden Boot Award.

England are expected to play their tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation with Curtis Anderson between the sticks behindthe back four ably marshaled by captain Joel Latibeaudiere,Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo and Steven Sessegnon.

The Teams (From): England: Curtis Anderson, Josef Bursik, William Crelin;Timothy Eyoma, Joel Latibeaudiere, Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo,Lewis Gibson, Steven Sessegnon, Morgan Gibbs White, TashanOakley Boothe; Conor Gallagher, Angel Gomes, Nya Kirby, GeorgeMcEachran; Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson Odoi, Philip Foden,Emile Smith Rowe, Rhian Brewster, Daniel Loader.

Spain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, HugoGuillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres,Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Nacho Diaz, PedroRuiz. Marc Vidal, Alvaro Garcia, Eric Garcia, Diego Pampin,Jose Lara, Cesar Gelabert, Carlos Beitia, Victor Perea,Alfonso Pastor. Match Starts at 8 pm.

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