Under-17 World Cup: England beat Japan on penalties to reach quarter-finals

Nya Kirby
Nya Kirby's deciding penalty saw Steve Cooper's side into the last eight

England beat Japan 5-4 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the Under-17 World Cup in India.

The game was goalless after 90 minutes but England kept their heads in the shootout, with goalkeeper Curtis Anderson saving Japan's penultimate spot-kick before scoring his own.

Crystal Palace's 17-year-old midfielder Nya Kirby then netted the decisive spot-kick to send England through.

Steve Cooper's side now face the United States in Goa on Saturday.

England, who were without midfielder Jadon Sancho who returned to Borussia Dortmund when the German club called him back after the group stages, played in front of 53,000 people in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Sancho scored three times as England advanced to the knockout stage with a 100% record.

England youngsters have enjoyed a successful year with victories at the Under-20 World Cup, the Toulon Tournament and European Under-19 Championship.

They also reached the final of the European Under-17 tournament and the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.

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