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England are U17 champions and five Chelsea Academy youngsters featured as England came from two goals down to beat Spain 5-2 in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup final.

Manager Steve Cooper named an unchanged starting 11 from the 3-1 semi-final win over Brazil as he deployed Marc Guehi and Jon Panzo in defence, George McEachran was deployed deep in midfield and Callum Hudson-Odoi down the left flank. Conor Gallagher was a late substitute as Chelsea contributed a quarter of the young Lions to have played at the tournament.

England were 2-0 down with just 30 minutes, but the young Three Lions overcame and beat Spain to the trophy.

The Chelsea youngsters put up a good display as Hudson-Odoi was chief creator and Guehi was among the goalscorers.

Neil Bath, Chelsea’s Head of Youth Development at the club, had words of praise for the achievement of the youngsters.

“We’re all delighted to see the boys win a World Cup and the fact that all five have been at the club since joining the Academy as Under-9s makes it even more special,” he told the official Chelsea website.

“All the staff, players and parents will be rightly proud to see such an amazing achievement.

“To come back from 2-0 down and score five goals shows incredible character and to watch that performance and result, for somebody who has been in youth development for many years, was quite overwhelming.

“Following on from a summer of successes for England youth teams, a huge congratulations must go to the FA and obviously the fact we at Chelsea have played a part is something everybody at the club should be proud of.”

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