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Report: Italy claim U17 victory over England

Late goal not enough for Young Lions…



Clinton Mola of England in action at Aggborough Stadium. Pic: The FA

ITALY won the St George’s Park tournament at Aggborough Stadium on Tuesday night thanks to a 2-1 win over England at U17 level.

Turkey, Scotland, England and Italy have all been competing in the tournament over the last few week.

As a result of previous results, the two teams meeting at Aggborough were effectively contesting the final, with identical records leading up to the night.

In truth it was probably the visitors who controlled the better of the night throughout and, although Bobby Duncan could have put the Young Lions ahead with a sixth-minute header, Italy deserved their lead barely a minute later as Edoardo Vergani struck a close-range finish.

Opportunity

Vergani and Mattia Sandri both then had chances to double the Italian’s lead before Duncan, with the best opportunity of the half for the hosts, saw a powerful shot saved by goalkeeper Alessandro Russo.

After the break, a goalmouth scramble almost drew England level with Rayhaan Tulloch among those denied at the last, before Riccardo Tonin punished the hosts just two minutes later as his powerful run and calm finish made it 2-0.

England did pull a goal back with just eight minutes left through Arvin Appiah to the delight of the 429 crowd but, in the end, Italy saw out the victory to claim the honours.

England: 1 Harry Seaden (Southend United), 4 Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), 5 Harry Clarke (Arsenal), 7 Luis Binks (Tottenham Hotspur), 9 Dylan Crowe (Ipswich Town), 11 Clinton Mola (Chelsea), 17 Thomas Doyle (Manchester City), 18 Arvin Appiah (Nottingham Forest), 19 Bobby Duncan (Manchester City), 21 Jack Nolan (Reading), 22 Rayhaan Tulloch (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitutes: 16 Sonny Hilton (Fulham) for Mola, 49, 3 Bali Mumba (Sunderland) for Crowe, 63, 23 Taylor Perry (Wolverhampton Wanderers for Duncan, 64, 20 D’Margio Wright-Phillips (Manchester City) for Nolan, 75.

Substitutes not used: 13 Luca Ashby-Hammond (Fulham), 2 Pascal Kpohomouh (Manchester City), 6 Louie Sibley (Derby County), 10 Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), 12 Danny Cashman (Brighton and Hove Albion), 15 Morgan Whittaker (Derby County).


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