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Published 21 May 2024 4 min read
Men's U17

Report: England MU17 4-0 France

Written by:

Juliet Nottingham

Mikey Moore's brace helped the Young Lions on their way to a thumping opening victory at the U17 EURO Finals

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England men’s under-17s kicked off their UEFA U17 EUROs with an imposing 4-0 victory over last year’s finalists France in Group D. 

Avenging their loss to Les Bleus last month in qualifying, the Young Lions burst their EUROs campaign into life on their opening night in Larnaca. 

Leo Shahar set up England’s opener after two minutes, his deft cross met by Mikey Moore at the back post. 

And Greg Lincoln’s side settled with their early lead, controlling any French threat and keeping the ball neatly. 

Ethan Nwaneri was the next to spark into life in the Young Lions’ frontline, with a meandering run from the right-hand side through the heart of France’s defence resulting in a blocked shot that fell kindly to Baylee Dipepa, who finished past Mathys Niflore. 

Moore’s energy on the opposite side continued to cause problems. He quickly added another after cutting through a sea of blue and finding space for a classy finish to round off a dominant first half. 
Bayley Dipepa celebrates England's second goal against France
France made a fast start after the break, ramping up the intensity and hitting the woodwork. 

But Nwareri relieved the early pressure, cutting in from the right before producing a beautiful curling shot from outside the area. 

Lincoln's Young Lions saw out the rest of the game in composed fashion. They remain at the Ammochostos Epistrofi Stadium to play Portugal on Friday before their final Group D match against Spain next Monday. 

England: 1 Spike Brits (Manchester City), 6 Kian Noble (Manchester City) ©, 16 Samuel Amissah (Fulham), 2 Leo Shahar (Newcastle United), 20 Divine Mukasa (Manchester City), 11 Mikey Moore (Tottenham Hotspur), 4 Ollie Harrison (Chelsea), 7Jack Fletcher (Manchester United), 3 Christian McFarlane (New York City), 14 Baylee Dipepa (Port Vale), 10 Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal)

Substitutes: 18 Harry Amass (Manchester United) for Moore 21, 15 Luca Fletcher (Manchester City) for Dipepa 72, 19 Callum Olusesi (Tottenham Hotspur) for J.Fletcher, 12 Jaden Dixon (Stoke City) for Amissah 74, 17 Christian Dunbar-McDonald (Manchester City) for Nwaneri 80

Substitutes not used: 13 Oliver Whatmuff (Manchester City), 5 Stephen Mfuni (Manchester City)

Goals: Moore 2, 40, Dipepa 35, Nwaneri 51

Head coach: Greg Lincoln