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City trio help England to World Cup final

KEY MAN: Phil Foden's fine performance v Brazil was a key part in England U17s' success in the World Cup semi-final.

KEY MAN: Phil Foden's fine performance v Brazil was a key part in England U17s' success in the World Cup semi-final.

Manchester City's Phil Foden played a starring role as England Under 17s reached the World Cup final for the first time in their history after a 3-1 win over Brazil.

It was a fine performance from the Stockport-born midfielder and he was aided by City team-mates Curtis Anderson and Joel Latibeaudiere, who captained the side.  

Rhian Brewster’s hat-trick ultimately won the game for the Young Lions, but Foden's skill and clever play was a driving force behind the historic result.

The City midfielder’s dazzling cross to Brewster resulted in England’s third and final goal of the match and his efforts were recognised as the teenager left the pitch to a standing ovation from the Kolkata crowd when he was replaced by Nya Kirby in the 88th minute.

Meanwhile, fellow City starlet Latibeaudiere led from the front as skipper and produced fantastic defensive cover for the Young Lions and went close to scoring in the first half, but his header slipped wide of the Brazil goal.

'Keeper Anderson also had a fine game restricting Brazil to just one goal and saving several long-distance shots from the South American side.

EDS manager Simon Davies has kept a keen eye on his players as they’ve been advanced in the competition, and said: “We’ve been watching the games as they’ve progressed and they’ve all done really well.

"They’ve got really good careers ahead of them and we’re excited for all of them.”

The City trio and their history-making squad will face either Mali or Spain, who have fellow Blue Eric Garcia in their ranks, in the Under 17s World Cup Final on Saturday 28 October at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium.

Good luck, lads! 

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