Callum and Brewster dazzle in England's win over the All Whites

New Zealand fought hard on the turf, but was left chasing the ball against England's rapid, passing game, and the result was simple--England winning it 3-2.


The England U-17 side put up a demonstration of controlled attacking game popular among accomplished teams from Europe, when it took on New Zealand in a practice match ahead of the U-17 World Cup. New Zealand fought hard on the turf, but was left chasing the ball against England's rapid, passing game, and the result was simple--England winning it 3-2.

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The Kiwis faced a different type of opponent, compared to the skillful Brazilians in an earlier game at Mumbai Football Arena. Chelsea youth player Callum Odoi on the left flank showed trickery on the ball which will make him a marked player in the upcoming World Cup.

The penalty kicks, which followed, also resulted in a win for Steve Cooper’s lads as they clinched it 4-3.

Callum was a delight to watch on the England left flank, tormenting the marker numerous times with his speed. He cut in by veering to the right and for a shot on the turn, the ball flew wide. He set up Emile Row twice, tapped the ball through legs across the goalmouth. Rhian Brewster displayed great poaching instincts with his two goals.

Cooper took out key players in the second half, when tearaway individual attacks were replaced by swift passing as the substitutes expressed themselves.

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But then, Oliver Whyte took England’s defence by surprise with a left-footed strike into the roof of its net. He received the ball from the centre, got time to shift into space on his left and fired home from distance. Goalkeeper Josef Bursik reacted late, not expecting a powerful shot coming his way.

Whyte, replaced later in the first half, also got the first look at the rival's goal. He moved in for a floater but his downward header bounced wide. The equaliser came from an unexpected angle, as England captain Marc Geuhi, slipping into the goalmouth unmarked, trapped the ball before firing it home.

Scores: England 3 (Rhian Brewster 2, Marc Guehi) bt New Zealand 2 (Oliver Duncan, Elijah Just). Penalty-kicks: England 4 bt New Zealand 3.

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