Royals striker Danny Loader could feature in a World Cup final, after England’s Under-17 squad saw off Brazil by a 3-1 scoreline in the final four of the competition!
Loader, who has featured twice in the tournament so far and bagged two goals for the Young Lions in his appearances, was an unused substitute as England sealed their trip back to Kolkata, where they will meet either Spain or Mali in the final.
The game was initially scheduled to take place in Guwahati, but heavy rainfall meant the semi was moved to Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium – where England won all three of their group games. And England will remain there for trophy-match.
It was another hat-trick for Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster which sealed the deal for England, after the front-man had notched three in the 4-1 win against USA in the quarters.
Brewster’s first came after less than 10 minutes, as his initial volley was saved but he gobbled up the rebound. But defender Wesley notched in reply for Brazil before the mid-point of the first half.
But the forward had the Young Lions back in front before half-time as he controlled a cross from the right flank on his right foot before firing in with his left, and then he wrapped up the scoring 10 minutes from time with a first-time finish as another low delivery came to the back stick.
England’s win means that Royals forward Loader could become the second Royal to win a World Cup in 2017, following Luke Southwood’s triumph in South Korea with England’s Under-20s earlier in the year.
But the none-so-small challenge of Mali or Spain awaits in the final. The African nation have eliminated Iraq and Ghana in the knock-out stage, and the Europeans have seen off France and Iran – the two nations meet on Wednesday evening in Navi Mumbai.
The final takes place at 3.30pm UK-time on Saturday 28th October. And everyone at Reading Football Club wishes Danny and his compatriots the very best of luck!