ENGLAND lifted the Under-17s World Cup trophy on Saturday after producing a brilliant comeback from 2-0 down to beat Spain 5-2 in Kolkata.
It follows the Under-20s side’s World Cup success in June and the Under-19s victory in the July European Championships.
The Under-17s themselves were runners-up in their version of the Euros in May.
Next summer’s senior World Cup in Russia may come too early for these youngsters, but their manager Steve Cooper thinks there is every chance they could play a part in the future of the senior squad.
“We have a plan. We have
been at St George’s Park for five years and all the national coaches are very close, we work in a similar way,” Cooper told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.
“The teams are expected to play in a certain way and if it is a good one the more you practise it the better you become at it.
“The results have been fantastic — the 20s winning in the summer and what happened in Europe — but we are very much still in the infancy.
“It was magnificent to win last night but if we hadn’t it would still have been important.
“We have to keep one eye on the future, that is the most important thing and what we want to do is win long-term at senior level and to do that you can’t work off the cuff, you have to join everything up and that is what we are doing.”
Cooper said senior side boss Southgate was heavily invested in all of England’s youth programmes and was already well aware of the talent coming through the ranks.
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, who is understood to be very highly rated by Pep Guardiola, won player of the tournament and Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster finished leading scorer with eight goals after back-to-back hat-tricks in the quarter and semi-finals.
Both have made the bench for their respective first teams but have yet to make a senior club appearance.