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England's Morgan Gibbs-White says the Young Lions feel no fear at U17 World Cup

Monday 23 Oct 2017
Morgan Gibbs-White challenges for a header against USA in Saturday's quarter final

Young Lions flier Morgan Gibbs-White believes nerves will play no part in Wednesday’s U17 World Cup semi-final.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward scored England’s crucial third goal in the 4-1 win over USA in Saturday’s quarter final.

Brazil v England
  • FIFA U17 World Cup
  • Semi-Final
  • 12.30pm, Wednesday 25 October
  • Kolkata, India
  • Live on Eurosport

And the 17-year-old believes that the belief this group of players has as a team when they head onto the pitch is what makes them so confident in producing performances and results.

“We might have some [nerves] before the game, but when we’re playing we just go away and concentrate on our game,” revealed Gibbs-White after Saturday’s win in Goa.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a generational thing, us young boys, we play with freedom and we have no nerves and I think we showed that against USA.

“We showed good character when we needed it, my goal came from a counter attack and it was good play and a good finish when we needed it.

“The Japan game surprised us really but we recovered well for this game and then we had our game plan and I thought we stuck to that and performed like we did.”

The Young Lions were due to leave Goa for the initial semi-final venue at Guwahati on Monday, but are now heading back to the familiar territory of Kolkata.

This comes after the pitch at the stadium in Guwahati was deemed unplayable following heavy rainfall in the north-eastern area of India.

England played all of their group games and their round of 16 victory over Japan in the Kolkata, which will also host Saturday’s final and third-place game.

By Nicholas Veevers