‘Spain U17 ready to make history’

Spain Under-17s boss Santi Denia says his team are ready to make history and become champions of Europe and the world.

Spain face England on Saturday in the Under-17 World Cup Final, knowing they can become the first country to win both the European Under-17 Championship and World Cup in the same year.

La Rojita also beat the Three Lions on penalties to win the Euro title over the summer, while the latter have been weakened by the return of winger Jadon Sancho to his club side, Borussia Dortmund.

“England? They’ve improved in all aspects,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“They’ve improved at the back, going forward and in terms of numbers.

“Sancho’s absence? He’s clearly a great player, he has a big future ahead of him.

“If the English team are in the Final, with their numbers, it’s because they’ve done things very well and they are a great team. If they’re in the Final, it’s because they aren’t just individuals.

“A Euro and World Cup double like the seniors in 2010? We have the enthusiasm and motivation to make it happen.

“We know that great generations before us couldn’t. We must prepare for the encounter, find solutions and alternatives as to how we can attack, as well as know how to defend against England in order to become world champions, but we must also work hard in the match.

“Second Final? It’s the second Final that this generation will play. They have more experience after playing in the Euro Final, and that can help us.

“We must be calm because the motivation of becoming world champions and playing with that added motivation isn’t a good thing.

“They must focus on what will make them world champions, and that is the game.”

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