U17 World Cup reaction: We knew we could win
news Sun 29 Oct 2017
One of England’s newly crowned Under-17 world champions Marc Guehi confirmed their team never lost faith during Saturday’s dramatic World Cup final despite going 2-0 down to Spain.
The defender was one of five Chelsea Academy players who featured in the 5-2 triumph in India, joined by Jon Panzo, George McEachran, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Conor Gallagher in the celebrations, and having lifted a treble of trophies for our youth team last season, including the FA Youth Cup and the Under-18 Premier League, they were able to take that winning habit onto the international stage.
‘The coach said to just keep going, doing the same thing because we were on top and we kept believing,’ Guehi told theFA.com.
‘We have the quality, we have a good team so we knew we could do it.
‘Right from the beginning of the competition, the first game against Chile we did so well, but to get here to the final and beat Spain 5-2 is an amazing feeling. It’s a dream come true and the best moment of my life.’
The day was made all the more special for Guehi as he scored the fourth goal, and England overcame the same opposition who had pipped them to European Championship back in May. On that occasion Spain won a penalty shoot-out in the final.
‘The European championship was in the past, so it wasn’t like revenge, we’re just delighted to win the World Cup,’ said the 17-year-old.
‘It’s a dream come true and the best moment of my life.’