FOOTBALL NEWS

30/05/2010 18:30, Report by Gemma Thompson

International joy for Reds trio

Young Reds Sam Johnstone, Tom Thorpe and William Keane have helped England become UEFA European Under-17 Champions following a 2-1 victory over Spain at the Rheinpark Stadion.

The United trio have all featured for the Three Lions during the tournament and both Keane and Thorpe played their part in Sunday’s final in the Liechtenstein capital of Vaduz.

Keane, who had recovered from a thumb injury that forced him out of the semi-final win over France after 16 minutes, played just over an hour, while Thorpe came on as a late substitute. Goalkeeper Johnstone was an unused substitute.

Spain took a well-deserved lead on 22 minutes when Gerard cut in from the left and fired an effort past Jack Butland, albeit thanks to a big deflection of England’s Andre Wisdom.

The Three Lions’ centre-half made amends eight minutes later when he rose to head home Josh McEachran’s corner and two minutes after the restart Connor Wickham swapped passes with Keane before coolly slotting home to give England their maiden U-17 title.

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