England glory as Newcastle’s young star reaches European Championships final
Lewis Gibson made his fifth England appearance of the Under 17 European Championships and it was five wins out of five!
Another excellent performance by the Newcastle left-back helped England beat Turkey 2-1 and advance into the final.
It was actually the fifth game in a row when England had named exactly the same team and no wonder, having scored 11 goals and conceded only one in the three group games and quarter-final win.
Thursday 4 May England 3 Norway 1
Sunday 7 May England 4 Ukraine 0
Wednesday 10 May England 3 Holland 0
Saturday 13 May England 1 Republic of Ireland 0
Tuesday 16 May England 2 Turkey 1
The 16 year old Lewis Gibson and his teammates were playing in very hot conditions in Croatia but quickly took the lead, Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring after only 11 minutes.
Jadon Sacho added a second on 37 minutes and England were cruising, only for three minutes later Kerem Kesgin to pull it back to 2-1.
There was a massive 15 minutes added at the end of the first-half, as in between the two England goals there had been an accidental collision and Tashan Oakley-Boote had lengthy treatment before being subbed.
A solid second-half display by the Newcastle full-back and his fellow defenders ensured the scoreline remained at 2-1, with England emerging as winners.
Lewis Gibson has played every minute of the five games so far and will hope that continues in the final on Friday night.
Spain play Germany tonight (Tuesday) to decide who England face.
Lewis Gibson turns 17 in July and has already been linked with any number of Premier League clubs but Rafa Benitez will be determined to keep hold of one of Newcastle’s most promising young players. The Spaniard has put a lot of work into building up the strength of the club below first team level as well – with a number of players brought in these past 12 months from the UK and overseas.
England play this Saturday for a chance to reach the semi-finals of these Under 17 European Championships, with the Republic of Ireland providing the opposition.
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