Newcastle United’s Lewis Gibson made his fifth England appearance of the Under 17 European Championships on Tuesday and it was became five wins out of five in Croatia for the Young Lions.

The 16 year old left-back is one of Newcastle’s hottest prospects and that excellent performance on Tuesday saw England beat Turkey 2-1 and advance into the final of these European Championships.

It was actually the fifth game in a row when England had named exactly the same team and as well as winning the five matches, they have scored 13 goals in the process and conceded only two.


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


Friday 19 May England v Spain 7pm

Whilst Newcastle’s Lewis Gibson looks sure to make it six appearances out of six, Young Lions boss Steve Cooper will have to make at least one change, as Tashan Oakley-Boothe was knocked unconscious and forced off in the semi-final victory over Turkey.

You can watch Lewis Gibson and England v Spain live on TV in the UEFA European U17 Championship Final, it is a 7pm kick-off in Varazdin, Croatia, and can be seen live on Eurosport

Manager of the England Under 17s Steve Cooper:

“We really hope we can put on a good climax against Spain tomorrow to end the tournament.

“We’ve really enjoyed our stay in Croatia, we’ve very much enjoyed making the most of it and we’re delighted to reach the later stages of the competition.

“I’m not surprised that Spain have reached the final, as soon as the draw was taking shape, there were some strong teams either side of it and we always thought they were favourites to reach the final.

“To get to the final of the European Championships, you’ve got to be strong across all areas of the pitch and Spain are exactly that, as we’ve seen from their performances so far.

“So we expect a tough game and we really respect Spain’s qualities, but at the same time we have our own plan and we’ll be ready to go.”

  • Steve Smith

    Constantly the youth teams are making the latter stages of competitions, what exactly is happening between the youth setup and the senior one that turns the England team into such a failure?

    • swoopingmagpie

      probably lifestyle and the rock n roll culture that destroys so many of our young blokes these days, its not rocket science – its probably soul science !

  • Rich Lawson

    Can we please keep him and maybe give him some first team game time in the pre-season matches ?

    • Wor Lass

      Agreed – and could we also refrain from calling him a “star” – he`s 16 and doesn`t need a swollen head or undue pressure.