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Kirby Helps England Win U17 World Cup

28 October 2017

Palace development midfielder Nya Kirby helped England win the Under-17 World Cup as the Three Lions beat Spain 5-2 in the final in India.

Kirby came on in the 82nd minute to make his sixth appearance of the competition in England’s seventh game, but having fallen 2-0 behind they rallied to eventually turn the game on its head and pick up the silverware.

Liverpool attacker Rhian Brewster's eighth of the tournament gave them hope just before half-time, before strikes from Wolves forward Morgan Gibbs White and Manchester City’s Phil Foden put Steve Cooper’s team ahead when Kirby entered the fray.

Following his appearance from bench, his side scored twice more through Marc Guehi and Foden as England cruised through the final minutes to claim the trophy for the first time in their history. 

Kirby more than played his part in the success, coolly slotting away the winning penalty in the last-16 shootout win against Japan to help pave the way for the country’s third-ever footballing World Cup win, following on from the under-20s’ victory earlier this year.


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