England U17s boss Steve Cooper praised his side’s maturity and approach after they kicked-off their World Cup campaign in fine style on Sunday.
The Young Lions were in dominant form to beat Chile by 4-0 in front of a bumper crowd in Kolkata, thanks to goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jadon Sancho (2) and Angel Gomes.
- FIFA U17 World Cup
- Sunday 8 October
- Kolkata, India
And with a bumper crowd and electric atmosphere at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium, head coach Cooper was pleased with the way his players handled the pressure.
“It’s obviously a good scoreline for an opening match, but the biggest thing tonight is not forgetting the age of these players,” he said.
“To play in an occasion like this and to handle it like they did, put on a performance and get a result like that is credit to them.
“I thought we controlled the game from start until finish, played with the style that we want our England teams to play with and got the result we intended to get, so we have a lot of positives to take from the game.
“We scored some great goals, but we also kept a clean sheet and goal difference can make a big difference in the group stage of tournaments like this.
“There were many aspects about the performance which we’re pleased with but the clean sheet is an important as the four goals.”