The Young Lions are hoping to secure a first ever world title at this level but face the side that have already upset them in a final this year
For the second time this year, England and Spain go head-to-head in the final of an Under-17 international tournament.
The Young Lions are out for revenge when they line up against La Roja in Saturday’s Under-17 World Cup final, having suffered a penalty shootout defeat to them in May’s U17 European Championship decider.
Neither nation has taken the world title at this level, but both are in excellent form heading into the match in Kolkata. England have won five and drawn one of their matches, while a defeat to Brazil in the group stage is Spain’s only slip-up.
|Game||England Under-17s vs Spain Under-17s|
|Date||Saturday, October 28|
|Time||15:30 BST / 20:00 Local|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BBC Two and Eurosport 1.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BBC Two/Eurosport 1||BBC iPlayer/Eurosport player|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||England U17 players|
|Goalkeepers||Anderson, Brusik, Crellin|
|Defenders||Eyoma, Guehi, Gibson, Panzo, Latibeaudiere, Sessegnon|
|Midfielders||McEachran, Foden, Angel Gomes, Gibbs-White, Oakley-Boothe, Hudson-Odoi, Smith-Rowe, Kriby|
Steve Cooper has a bright squad to choose from heading into the final. Rhian Brewster has impressed with two hat-tricks so far and will lead the attack.
The Young Lions have no suspensions or injuries to worry about.
Potential XI: Anderson, Sessegnon, Latibeaudiere, Guehi, Panzo; McEachran, Oakley-Boothe, Foden, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Brewster
|Position||Spain U17 players|
|Goalkeepers||Fernandez, Vidal, Vacas|
|Defenders||Jaume, Miranda, Guillamon, Chust, Garcia, Perea, Gomez,|
|Midfielders||Moha, Blanco, Torres, Gelabert, Gomez, Beitia, Garcia|
|Forwards||Abel Ruiz, Pedro Ruizm, Nacho Diaz|
Having already beaten England this year, Spain will be fairly confident heading into the final with a lively group of players.
Abel Ruiz has been the key man, with Cesar Gelabert, Sergio Gomez and Felipe Torres all playing a big role with goals and assists.
Potential XI: Fernandez; Morey, Guillamon, Chust, Miranda; Moha, Blanco, Torres, Gelabert, Gomez; Ruiz.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Spain are 7/5 favourites with dabblebet, while England are 8/5 and a draw is available at 9/4.
A new Under-17 world champion will be declared on Saturday as two in-form teams clash at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in India.
The competition’s top scorers England have netted 18 times over their six games in the tournament, three more than their opponents and were only held to a draw by Japan.
Rhian Brewster has been the star of the tournament so far with seven goals, including hat-tricks against USA and Brazil after opening the scoring in a 3-2 win over Mexico.
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The Liverpool star is fighting for the Golden Boot prize but is just one ahead of Spain’s Abel Ruiz and Mali’s Lassana Ndiaye, playing in the third-place playoff against Brazil earlier in the day.
There is much to play for in the repeat of the U17 Euros earlier this year. However, if history is to repeat itself and take the game into penalties, England will feel more confident this time having already beaten Japan in a shootout this month.
It promises to be an exciting game in front of a sell-out crowd in Kolkata.