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England U17 vs Brazil U17
U17 World Cup India 2017
Date: Wednesday, October 25
Kick-off at 12:30 p.m. (BST), 7:30 a.m. (ET)
Venue: The Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata (IND)
England U17 vs Brazil U17 : Preview and Predictions
England’s under-17 team will continue their pursuit of World Cup glory on Wednesday, when they take on Brazil in what promises to be a fascinating semi-final.
Coach Steve Cooper’s side have been wonderful in India and have played some absorbing attacking football to make it to the last four. A 4-1 win over the United States on Saturday is a measure of the confidence they are operating with at the moment.
But Brazil have also shone, winning every game on their way to the semis. They came from behind late on to beat Germany in the quarter-finals, with Weverson and Paulinho on the scoresheet in a dramatic win.
At senior level there’s a sense of apathy that has engulfed the Three Lions side, but Cooper’s crop of players have operated with an enterprise that has endeared them to plenty.
While they needed a penalty shootout to make it past Japan in the last 16, in the main they have swept aside all in front of them. In their other four matches, they have netted four goals on three occasions and grabbed three goals in the other outing.
Against Japan, the absence of Jadon Sancho—recalled by Borussia Dortmund mid-tournament—was felt by England, as they toiled in front of goal. Against the United States, though, their attacking verve was back, with Liverpool sensation Rhian Brewster proving too hot to handle.
Carlos Amadeu’s side have looked a little more secure in defence in this tournament than their opponents, though they will have to raise their levels again if they are to keep out this vibrant England front line.
While Brewster is the fox in the box, there’s so much talent in support that has proved elusive to many teams so far. Wolves star Morgan Gibbs-White is so creative on the ball, as are Manchester City prospect Phil Foden and Manchester United man Angel Gomes.
Brazil will hope the likes of Paulinho, Lincoln and Brenner continue their prolific form, giving them the option of going head-to-head in an attacking battle with the Three Lions. But England’s firepower will see them to an entertaining victory.