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Published 11 November 2023 4 min read
Men's U18

Report: England 10-0 New Caledonia

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Nicholas Veevers

Ryan Garry's Young Lions hit double figures as they open their FIFA U17 World Cup campaign with a bang


14 Nov 2023 2:16

Highlights: England 10-0 New Caledonia

See all the goals as the Young Lions kick-off their FIFA U17 World Cup campaign with a big win

England got their FIFA U17 World Cup campaign up and running with a stunning 10-0 victory over New Caledonia in Indonesia on Saturday.

The Young Lions kicked-off their group stage in Jakarta in style, clocking up what is England’s record scoreline in this competition.

Ryan Garry’s team, who will face further games against Iran and Brazil in Group C, could’ve had more too with New Caledonia goalkeeper Nicolas Kutran making a number of saves to keep the scoreline down in the second half.

England began strongly, enjoying the majority of the possession and pushing New Caledonia further and further back.

And it was after a spell of sustained pressure that the Young Lions took the lead, when a VAR review of a foul on Samuel Amo-Ameyaw in the area saw the referee award a penalty. 
Tyler Dibbling fires home in the first half as England clocked up a big victory in Jakarta
Tyler Dibbling fires home in the first half as England clocked up a big victory in Jakarta
Reiss Russell-Denny stepped up to send Kutran the wrong way and register England’s first goal of the tournament.

England doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark, as Tyler Dibbling found himself in space on the right and after skipping past a defender, his low cross was clinically finished from close range by Oboavwoduo.

Dibling got his own name on the scoresheet five minutes later, when he cut inside from the right before firing home a low left-footer which crashed in off the near post to give England a commanding advantage going into the break.

England added their fourth in first-half stoppage time, when Josh Acheampong headed home Dibling’s corner from inside the six-yard box with another VAR check to confirm the goal.

The second half was less than a minute old when New Caledonia were dealt a further blow, as captain Nolhann Alebate was sent off after striking out at Myles Lewis-Skelly as the pair were in pursuit of the ball.

A fifth goal duly followed when Amo-Ameyaw drilled a shot in from the edge of the area, which took a slight deflection past Kutran.
Joel Ndala on the attack against New Caledonia
Joel Ndala on the attack against New Caledonia
Oboavwoduo grabbed his second of the game just before the hour mark when he latched onto Acheampong’s slide-rule pass to finish well inside the box.

Garry made five substitutions on the hour, and it was one of those replacements who scored England’s seventh as Ethan Nwaneri curled home a delightful shot from the edge of the area.

And there was an eighth after another sub Michael Golding’s low shot diverted off the boot of the unfortunate Wadriya Hanye and past Kutran.

Harrison Murray-Campbell headed home the ninth, after Nwaneri’s dipping cross to the far post picked out the Chelsea defender and there was a third goal from a substitute in stoppage time when Finley McAllister rifled a low shot through a crowded box to bring up double figures.

Garry and his squad will now turn their attention to Iran, who they play at the Jakarta International Stadium on Tuesday 14 November (12pm GMT).
England: 1 Tommy Setford (Ajax), 2 Josh Acheampong (Chelsea), 3 Jayden Meghoma (Southampton), 5 Lakyle Samuel (Manchester City) (c ), 6 Ishé Samuels Smith (Chelsea), 7 Tyler Dibling (Southampton), 9 Justin Oboavwoduo (Manchester City), 10 Samuel Amo-Ameyaw (Southampton), 11 Joel Ndala (Manchester City), 14 Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny (Chelsea), 16 Myles Lewis-Skelly (Arsenal)

Substitutes: 4 Finley McAllister (Manchester United) for Alexander-Denny 61, 8 Michael Golding (Chelsea) for Lewis-Skelly 61, 12 Harrison Murray-Campbell (Chelsea) for Samuel 61, 19 Matty Warhurst (Manchester City) for Warhurst 61, 20 Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal) for Ndala 61

Substitutes not used: 13 Ted Curd (Hashtag United, loan from Chelsea), 15 Joe Johnson (Luton Town), 17 Archie Stevens (Glasgow Rangers), 18 Chris Rigg (Sunderland)

Head coach: Ryan Garry

Goals: Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny 16 (P), Justin Oboavwoduo 30, 7 Tyler Dibling 35, Josh Acheampong 45+4, 57, Samuel Amo-Ameyaw 51, Ethan Nwaneri 78, Wadriya Hanye OG 80, Harrison Murray-Campbell, Finley McAllister 90+1