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Loader plays his part as England reach historic semi-final!

Young Lions set up date with Brazil…

23 October 2017

Danny Loader featured from the bench for England’s Under-17s on Saturday, as the Young Lions ran out 4-1 winners against the USA to book a place in the World Cup semi-final!

On the 17th edition of the Under-17 World Cup, it is the first time that England have ever reached the semi-final stage… but the ambitions won’t end there.  The Young Lions are two wins away from being crowned world champions!

And Reading youngster Loader featured in the closing stages of a comprehensive win for England, helping his side to set up a mouth-watering meeting with Brazil in the U17 World Cup semi-final in Guwahati on Wednesday.

Having needed penalties to find their way past Japan in the previous round, England made relatively light work of their quarter-final meeting with their American counterparts.  Taking the lead through Rhian Brewster in the 11th minute, Steve Cooper’s side never looked back.

There was a touch of fortune when Brewster’s first went in, as a parried clearance by USA goalkeeper Justin Garces sat invitingly for the Liverpool forward to volley in.  But his second, three minutes later, was a show of raw pace and ice-cold finishing to dart onto a threaded ball and lift over the stopper.

The USA had chances to reply – no better than through Josh Sargent, who beat the goalkeeper but not the crossbar when he met Andrew Carleton’s corner with a half-volley at the far post.

But soon after the hour-mark, England’s lead stretched to three as Brewster turned provider – a low cross from the right was met firmly by Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs White, which had too much power for the goalie to keep out.

Sargent gave the USA a lifeline by stabbing in after Curtis Anderson had initially done well to get a leg to a low shot – and Royals striker Loader was introduced for the closing stages in place of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

And there was still time for a game-sealing goal, as Brewster sealed his hat-trick – even in the dying embers of stoppage time, he had the energy to burst into the box and draw a cynical foul from Sergino Dest – who received a straight red card – and slotted in England’s fourth from 12 yards.

Now, Brazil await on Wednesday!

It’s an intriguing fixture at any age-level, between two of the game’s great historic nations.  Three-time winners Brazil provide the next challenge at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati… the prize for the winner is a return to Kolkata to face either Spain or Mali in the final!


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