England U17s beat Argentina
Friday 01 July 2011
Jordan Pickford redeemed himself in style last night, eight days after being embarrassed when his Canadian opposite number scored against him from more than 60 yards.
The Sunderland goalkeeper made two magnificent saves as the U-17s achieved a rare English penalty shoot-out success in a major competition. The victory, over old foes Argentina in Pachua, Mexico, took England into the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup. This equals their best previous performance.
After four conversions England looked like heading out when Crewe's Max Clayton blazed over the bar. But Pickford dived to his right to deny Gaspar Iniguez, and to his left to save from Agustin Allione. With Brighton's Jake Caskey and Chelsea's Nat Chalobah scoring England were through to the quarter finals, where they will meet Germany, who thrashed United States 4-0 last night.
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