England were last night crowned European Under-17 Champions for the second time after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over the Netherlands in Malta.
Crystal Palace academy starlet Mandela Egbo was an unused substitute at Ta'Qali National Stadium and he watched on as his teammates produced a perfect shoot-out to record a 4-1 penalty triumph.
John Peacock’s men started the game the better and Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke fired the young Lions into a deserved first-half lead from close range.
The Dutch, who recorded a 2-0 victory over England in the group stage, pulled level before the break though after Jari Schuurman clinically volleyed home after a superb flick from Steven Bergwijn set up the chance.
Both sides had opportunities to win it late on, but neither Dani van der Moot nor Fulham's Patrick Roberts could break the deadlock and the final went straight to penalties.
Van der Moot’s opening spot kick was saved by Newcastle United stopper Freddie Woodman, setting the tone for a comfortable shoot-out triumph for England.
Ryan Ledson, Taylor Moore, Callum Cooke and Jonjoe Kenny all netted from 12 yards as Woodman watched two more Dutch penalties miss the target, to cue scenes of celebration for Egbo and his young England teammates.