Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has heaped praise on the England Under-17 side for winning the FIFA Under-17 World Cup held in India and claimed that the English football has a bright future if they can nurture these youngsters into top stars.
The young Lions, under coach Steve Cooper, won 5-2 against Spain in the final in Kolkata to seal the second World Cup won by an English team this year, with the Under-20 side also becoming World champions earlier this year.
Conte believes that the successes of the English youth teams will go a long way in helping the senior side win their first title since the 1966 World Cup.
As reported by FourFourTwo, the Italian said, “A big congratulations to the whole team because to win the World Cup with the national team means they are working really well.”
“I think football in England is growing in an incredible way because it is not the only result for young players because under-19s and under-20s have won. It means football is growing and improving a lot. I am sure that in the future, the England national team, the first team will be very difficult to beat.”
England have won the U17 World Cup after beating Spain 5-2…yes Spain. We have a new Golden generation. Well played boys, well played.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 28, 2017
Conte, who has experience in international management through his two year stint as Italy manager, also stated that with so many young stars coming through for England, they have the chance to become one of the best international teams.
“I want to tell you this because I was a coach with the Italy national team and I think when you have this movement in front of you, you can have a great possibility to have a strong team for the next World Cup and for the competitions for the national team.”
Despite their international success, it is highly unlikely that many of the current England squad will break into the Premier League any sooner. However, they have a bright future and if developed properly, can help England become one of the best sides in the world.