Results don’t really matter on the youth level unless they shatter your psyche and leave you grasping for philosophical truths that make your existence both relevant and meaningful. England’s loss to Spain on Friday was the latter!
For all the guff the Premier League’s been subjected to of late for its insistence on treating young players like annoyances to be seen and not heard, England’s U17 team has enjoyed its fair share of success on the UEFA level the last decade. The English won their first title at this tournament in 2010 with a list of remarkably mediocre future pros like Andre Wisdom and one bonafide future first team star in Ross Barkley (Connor Wickham also won the tourney’s best player award, which, heh). England won it again in 2014, led by one of Chelsea’s loan army vets in Dom Solanke.
It looked like they were about to make it three in eight years until things got very…. England.