Crystal Palace youngster Mandela Egbo was part of the England side that booked a place in the final of the UEFA Under-17 European Championship.
Defender Egbo came on as a substitute for the final 10 minutes of Sunday’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Portugal to set up a meeting with the Netherlands, who disposed of Scotland 5-0 in the other last-four tie.
The young Lions were beaten 2-0 by their Dutch counterparts in the group stage, but will now be hoping to turn the tables in Wednesday’s final.
Manager John Peacock had made seven changes to the side for that game against the Netherlands, with progression from Group A already assured, but reverted back to the starting XI that thrashed Turkey 4-1 for yesterday’s clash with Portugal.
That meant Egbo had to be content with a place on the bench and he watched his teammates weather an early storm as Portugal hit the woodwork on three occasions during the first half.
But second half strikes from Dominc Solanke and Patrick Roberts either side of Egbo’s 72nd minute introduction were enough to send England into Wednesday night’s showpiece at Malta’s National Stadium.
Check out cpfc.co.uk on Thursday to find out who Egbo and his England teammates fared in their country’s third UEFA Under-17 Championship final appearance.