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England, Germany, Spain and Turkey book berths for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

England U-17 national team (Photo courtesy: FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 LOC)

England and Germany booked their places at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after progressing to the semi-finals of the UEFA U-17 European Championship in Croatia. They join Spain and Turkey in qualifying for India 2017, with one remaining European spot still up for grabs.

In the first of Saturday’s two quarter-finals, England defeated Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Velika Gorica. Saturday’s other quarter-final saw Germany come from behind to defeat the Netherlands 2-1 in Zapresic.

England and Germany join Spain and Turkey in qualifying for October’s U-17 World Cup. In Tuesday semi-finals at Croatia 2017, Spain will face Germany in Varazdin, while Turkey takes on England in Zapresic.

Welcoming the four teams, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Javier Ceppi said, “It is very exciting to have four teams qualified from Europe so far, and we are waiting for the last one on the 16th. This brings the confirmed teams to 19, and the quality of all the teams so far promises an unforgettable World Cup. Turkey, Spain, England and Germany will be strong contenders for the title and Indian fans will be delighted to watch them live”.

The fifth and final European spot for India 2017 will be determined via a play-off between the two best-ranked losing quarter-finalists on Tuesday.

(FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 LOC)