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City youngsters enjoy golden period with England

VICTORY: Phil Foden celebrates winning the U17 World Cup.
With four major tournament victories, 2017 has proven to be a trophy laden year for England’s junior teams.

There was success at U19, U20 (twice) and most recently at U17 level, with several Manchester City youngsters playing their part in a landmark 12-month period for the Young Lions.

No fewer than six City players have turned out for their respective age-groups as they've won the U17 World Cup, the U19 European Championships and the U20 Toulon Tournament.

U17s – World Cup winners

A trio of Blues helped Steve Cooper’s youngsters to World Cup glory in India.

England to a 5-2 victory over Spain.

The centre-half played every minute at the heart of a defence that conceded only six goals in their seven game run to victory.

Latibeaudiere was protecting City team-mate Curtis Anderson in goal, who also featured in every game.

The Cumbrian-born shot-stopper caught the eye in the Round of 16 clash with Japan, which went to penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

Anderson did his part to save Hinata Kida’s effort and then went one better to net his own spot kick.

At the other end of the pitch, Phil Foden enjoyed a tournament to remember.

The Stockport-born playmaker was on target with two crucial goals in the final to put England ahead for the first time and also scored in the group stage win over Mexico.

He dazzled in the semi-final against Brazil and earned praise from former senior boss, Glenn Hoddle, and such were the quality of his performances, he picked up the Golden Ball award as the player of the tournament.

Victory on the world stage erased the painful memories of the U17 European Championships in May, when England suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain in the final.

All three City players were part of that campaign, with Foden again netting in the final.

U20s – Toulon Tournament winners

England were crowned Toulon Tournament champions for the sixth time in June after they eclipsed Ivory Coast on penalties.

Seventeen-year-old Luke Bolton was part of Neil Dewsnip’s young squad, which was predominantly an U18 team due to the U20 World Cup taking place at the same time.

The wide-man featured once, coming off the bench for the final 25 minutes as England crushed Japan 7-1 in the group stage.

Fellow Blue Sadou Diallo also received a call-up but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

U19s – European Champions

Lukas Nmecha were part of the U19 cohort that won the European Championships in July.

The wide-man feature in all five games, while Nmecha made four appearances as he came alive in the latter stages of the tournament.

The 18-year-old striker came off the bench in the semi-final to net a last gasp winner as England overcame the Czech Republic 1-0.

He was the hero again in the final, tapping home the second goal in a 2-1 win over Portugal that gave the Young Lions their first European title at U19 level.

Congratulations to all our boys for the part they've played in memorable 2017 for English youth football.

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