Borussia Dortmund criticised for withdrawing Jadon Sancho from England U17 worldwide duty

Jadon Sancho will not play in England’s FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16 match against Japan

England Under-17 boys did what their senior team footballers could not for many years by keeping their nerves during tie-breakers to edge past Japan 5-3 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Tuesday. The Young Lions will now face the United States of America in Goa on 21 October.

Rhian Brewster, Rhian Brewster, Philip Foden, Curtis Anderson and Nya Kirby all found the target for England in the shootout.

Japan were more adventurous in the second half, Takefusa Kubo tested Anderson with a powerful left-footed shot in the 69th minute.

Hudson-Odoi had big boots to fill on the left flank, replacing Jadon Sancho - the Chelsea player started slow but his shimmying runs in the second half and risky, low crosses which the Japanese defence often failed to read suggested England might miss Hudson-Odoi's link-up play with Sancho for the rest of the tournament, but the 17-year-old has them covered when it comes to skillful, pacy playmaking on the left wing.

England may be jinxed as far as penalty shootouts go - the latest being its Euro U-17 final defeat to Spain earlier this year - but Steve Cooper's team was calm as substitute Nya Kirby sealed the issue after goalkeeper Curtis Anderson denied Hinata Kida. Angel Gomes took Sancho's place while Steven Sessegnon replaced right-back Timothy Eyoma.

England showed character in the penalty shootout with 100 per cent conversion.

That they could not force a goal till the tie breaker because of poor finishing by their up front who failed to find the target even after forcing their way into Japanese penalty box time and again.Post also came in their way when midfielder Rihan Brewster's stingy shot from inside the box hit the wooden post in the 27th minute.

This is England's third quarterfinal and first since 2011.

"We'll love to comeback to Kolkata obviously to stay in the competition", Cooper concluded.



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