England beats USA 4-1 to reach U-17 World Cup semifinals


The U.S. Under-17 national team went into Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal against England regarded as a clear-cut underdog, and the unbeaten Three Lions showed why, capitalizing on a timid start by the Americans to send them home.

Josh Sargent grabbed a goal back for the United States of America before Brewster sealed his hat-trick with the last kick of the game. "We came against one of the best teams in the world tonight".

England striker Rhian Brewster led England with a hat trick, scoring his first two goals in the 11th and 14th minutes to put the U.S. in an early 2-0 hole.

"I thought our team was ready for the challenge but in the first 20 minutes we were so tentative in simple situations". The England colts created history as this is the first time that the European nation have reached this stage of the U-17 World Cup. "If we got one goal when it was two-nothing, I think it would have been a totally different game".

Brewster opened England's account when he smashed in the rebound after U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces blocked Foden's cross into his path. Sargent, who agreed last month to join Germany's Werder Bremen in January, had four goals at this year's Under-20 World Cup.

Mali will face either Spain or Iran in the semifnals of the tournament. Brewster, a member of Liverpool's youth program, volleyed in the ball from 7 yards. After a 10-pass sequence that included goalkeeper Garces, Booth was denied by England keeper Curtis Anderson, who also a saved an eight-yard Akinola shot.

Brewster made no mistake from the penalty spot, beating a diving Garces and completing a convincing win for England, who looked strong at the back and were always risky on the attack.

Sargent had a chance to cut the deficit in the 23rd when a corner kick went to him at the far post, but his bounced shot hit the underside of the crossbar. USA midfielder Sergino Dest was shown a red card for bringing Brewster down in the box. Tim Weah, the hat-trick hero from the Paraguay win, shot wide from 14 yards despite having time and space after dodging two England defenders. Brewster completed his hat-trick when Dest brought him down inside the penalty box that not only resulted in a spot kick but also saw the USA defender given marching orders.