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Published 21 May 2023 4 min read
Men's U17

Report: Netherlands 1-4 England MU17s

Written by:

Chris Swoffer

Young Lions reach UEFA U17 EURO knockout stages after impressive win over the Dutch in Debrecen


England men’s under-17s made it two wins from two games after beating the Netherlands by 4-1 at the U17 EURO in Debrecen, Hungary.

Goals from Myles Lewis-Skelly, a second-half double from substitute Isaiah Dada-Mascoll and a late goal from Justin Oboavwoduo proved enough to seal the three points for Ryan Garry’s team, who have secured progress to the knock-out stages.

With England and Switzerland having won their two group games so far, and set to play each other in the final game on Wednesday afternoon, both teams go into the match knowing they will be in the round of 16 later this week.

And Garry’s side had to show their patience and resilience in this game, which was competitive and tight until the last ten minutes when three quickfire goals made the difference.

Just like in their opening game against Croatia, it was the Young Lions who took an early lead again. This time, it was Lewis-Skelly as the Arsenal midfielder’s run took him into the area before he played off a neat touch from Leon Chiwome and fired a low shot under Kiyani Zeggen.

England were served a warning at the other end almost straight after though, as Tommy Setford was forced into a one-handed save to turn Jasper Hartog’s rasping shot over the bar.

The Young Lions were inches away from doubling their lead just after the half-hour mark when Chiwome won a header before chasing down the follow-up and whipping a dangerous ball across the box. Archie Gray looked to have timed his run perfectly, but was inches away from scoring.

The Dutch were still looking dangerous though, particularly down the right with the England defence having to be alert to runners and getting blocks in.

Tyler Dibling in action while tracking back against a Dutch attack in Debrecen
Tyler Dibling in action while tracking back against a Dutch attack in Debrecen
Again it was England who came the closest to getting a second though, with another Lewis-Skelly run from midfield ten minutes after the re-start ending with a shot just wide of the post.

But the Oranje got themselves level with 20 minutes to go when Jesse Bal’s slide-rule pass into the are was perfectly weighted for Hartog to fire home a powerful show past Setford and into the top corner.

The game opened up, with both teams on the front foot in search of a winner but it was England who restored their lead with ten minutes remaining after a short spell of pressure.

Dada-Mascoll’s first in-swinging corner from the left had already been cleared behind, but when he whipped a second into the near-post area it had enough pace and spin to bamboozle two defenders and nestle into the net.

As the Dutch chased a way back into the game, more gaps were appearing at the back and when substitute Zak Lovelace was sent clear, Sven van der Plas hauled him down and was shown the red card.

Lovelace then saw a lobbed shot cleared off the line by Wessel Kuhn as England looked to extend their lead further and add gloss to the scoreline.

Seconds later, it was Kuhn who tripped the Glasgow Rangers forward in the box in stoppage time to concede a penalty, with Dada-Mascoll stepping up from the spot to make it 3-1.

And when his Manchester City team-mate and fellow substitute Justin Oboavwoduo was sent clear in the fourth minute of added time, he was just too quick for the defence and gleefully slotted home to make it 4-1.

The final group match with Switzerland will kick-off at 2pm BST on Wednesday 24 May, with the game being shown live on BBC Sport, iPlayer and Red Button in the UK.

England: 1 Tommy Setford (Ajax), 2 Josh Acheampong (Chelsea), 4 Myles Lewis-Skelly (Arsenal), 5 Lakyle Samuel (Manchester City) (c), 6 Ishé Samuels-Smith (Everton), 8 Archie Gray (Leeds United), 9 Leon Chiwome (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 10 Michael Golding (Chelsea), 11 Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal), 12 Jayden Meghoma (Southampton), 17 Tyler Dibling (Southampton)

Substitutes: 7 Justin Oboavwoduo (Manchester City) for Chiwome 46, 19 Zakariya Lovelace (Glasgow Rangers) for Nwaneri 72, 14 Isaiah Dada-Mascoll (Manchester City) for Lewis-Skelly 72, 15 Mofe Jemide (Crystal Palace) for Dibling 87, 3 Somto Boniface (Chelsea) for Meghoma 87

Substitutes not used: 13 Ted Curd (Chelsea), 16 Finley McAllister (Manchester United), 18 Kiano Dyer (Chelsea), 20 Kadan Young (Aston Villa)

Head coach: Ryan Garry

Goals: Myles Lewis-Skelly 7, Isaiah Dada-Mascoll 80, 90+1, Justin Oboavwoduo 9+3