Jadon Sancho recall a 'disappointment', says England under-17 boss Steve Cooper

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2017

While England enjoyed most of the possession and created more goal-scoring chances, Japan's resilience at the back meant the game was too close to call at certain junctures.

The game was goalless after 90 minutes but England kept their heads in the shootout, with Curtis Anderson saving Japan's penultimate spot-kick as England scored all of their penalties. Mali are also through to the quarter-finals after beating Iraq 5-1 and they will face the winners of Wednesday's meeting between Ghana and Niger.

England Under-17 boys did what their senior team footballers could not for many years by keeping their nerves during tie-breakers to edge past Japan 5-3 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Tuesday. Callum Hudson-Odoi or Philip Foden both tried to slot into Sancho's position, but struggled to find a clinical finishing touch.

England showed character in the penalty shootout with a 100 per cent conversion, beginning with Rhian Brewster, who slotted it home with Japan goalkeeper Kosei Tani making a wrong dive.

Japan's Yukihari Sugawara, Taisei Miyashiro and Toichi Kozuki scored but Kida's attempt was thwarted. Foden initiated the moves but they failed to finish and survived a couple of Japanese onslaught late in the first- half.

The best attack of the first-half came in the 27th minute, when Foden put a through ball to Brewster whose thunder strike rattled the post.

Three minutes from full-time, Mishoyara's shot was deflected for a corner while the former La Masia member, Takefusa Kubo could not get past Manchester City's Anderson even with his successive attacking forays into England's defensive third. Angel Gomes took Sancho's place while Steven Sessegnon replaced right-back Timothy Eyoma.

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