Denny Helps England To Final

Everton’s Alex Denny will look to make European Championship history with England Under-17s on Friday after helping his nation through to the final with a 2-1 win over Turkey.

The Young Lions are bidding to become the first country to win the competition for a third time, having triumphed in 2010 and 2014.

Midfielder Denny was named as a substitute for Tuesday’s semi-final but stepped off the bench after just 26 minutes to replace Tottenham’s Tashan Oakley-Boothe, who was taken to hospital after a collision.

Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi had already put England ahead by that point and Steve Cooper’s side doubled their advantage before half-time through Tottenham’s Jadon Sancho.

Turkey’s Kerem Kesgin pulled one back just before the break but England held on to book a final against Spain, victors over Germany on penalties in the other semi-final.

It means a repeat of the 2010 showpiece when an England side containing Luke Garbutt, then of Leeds United, and Ross Barkley recorded a 2-1 win, despite Gerard Deulofeu’s 22nd-minute opener.

Jonjoe Kenny and then-Everton midfielder Ryan Ledson were part of the Young Lions squad that defeated Holland on penalties to lift the trophy again four years later, Kenny netting the winning spot-kick in the final following a 1-1 draw. 

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