England U-17 World Cup win: Cooper says long term plan in place for senior side success

England U-17 World Cup win: Cooper says long term plan in place for senior side success
England at the U-17 World Cup
England are building for the future, says U-17 coach Cooper

England U-17 head coach Steve Cooper believes the set-up in place at youth level is there to give the senior side every chance of success in the future.

The U-17s World Cup win in India follows a summer of success. In June, England's Under-20s won their version of the World Cup, the Under-19s were crowned European champions in July while the Under-17s were runners-up in May's Euros.

Discussing the blueprint, which has yielded such exciting results, Cooper explained it is part of a long term plan.

“All the teams are intending to play a similar way; we’re planning for events and sharing everything and that’s the DNA,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfat on talkSPORT.

“We’re only a few years in; it’s still very much in its infancy. We’ve obviously had an amazing start with results in the summer and us, but there’s no doubt we’re building for the long term and everyone is committed to that.”

In India, Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster won the Golden Boot thanks to his eight goals, while Man City’s Phil Foden won the Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament’s best player.

Yet at senior level, England’s senior side have not won the World Cup since 1966, with the semi-finals at Italia 90 and Euro 96 being the closest they have come to major since.

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