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England U-17 1 Netherlands U-17 0

In Albufeira, Sports - football, Sports - football, soccer on February 14, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

The final game of England’s U-17 short tournament down here in the Algarve. They had lost to Portugal and beaten Germany before this game.

The scene was rather a contrast to the paddy fields of Saturday! A crowd of about 250 watched an interesting but not spectacular game, which ended in a 1-0 win for England. The only goal was a short-range header by Stephen Walker of Middlesbrough FC after 31 minutes. England had by far the better of the game  until the final few minutes, when a Dutch rally almost created an equaliser.

Here is the team sheet. Keep it for 4 or 5 years and see then how many are playing in the Premier League. Bet you no more than one or two!

Team sheet England U-17 v Netherlands U-17 140217 Albufeira Portugal

Team sheet England U-17 v Netherlands U-17 140217 Albufeira Portugal

I took a few pictures, not very good as I only had my small camera.

Albufeira Municipal Stadium 14 February 2017. England in white, Netherlands in orange

Albufeira Municipal Stadium 14 February 2017. England in white, Netherlands in orange

England goalkeeper comes out to head clear of an attacker

England goalkeeper comes out to head clear of an attacker

The Dutch defence was under pressure for a lot of the game

The Dutch defence was under pressure for a lot of the game

A rare Dutch attack denied by good defending. The ball is going just wide of the goalpost

A rare Dutch attack denied by good defending. The ball is going just wide of the goalpost

England's Stephen Walker, arrowed, steals in that far post to head the goal from close range. The ball is high above the goal

England’s Stephen Walker, arrowed, steals in the far post to head the goal from close range. The ball is high above the goal

Just before the end, slack defence let in Netherlands for this chance but the header hit the goalpost and bounced to safety.

Just before the end, slack defence let in Netherlands for this chance but the header hit the goalpost and bounced to safety.

A few moments later, England’s goalkeeper made a fine save from a long range shot to give Englna a fairly well deserved win.

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