Two Out Of Two For England Under-17's

Playing in front of excellent home crowds, England followed up Friday evening's victory against Israel at Chesterfield with a 2-1 win over Italy in Walsall on a sweltering Bank Holiday Monday.

A maximum haul of six points means Steve Cooper's side need just a draw from Thursday's meeting with Switzerland to secure a quarter-final spot.

That game against the Swiss, who bounced back from an opening defeat to Italy to ease past Israel on Monday, will take place at 7pm on Thursday evening at the New York Stadium, home of Rotherham United.

Meanwhile, one of the alumni from the 2009 version of the tournament is hopeful of making the full World Cup squad when it is named by Gareth Southgate in just a few weeks time.

Jack Wilshere missed the most recent friendly matches against the Netherlands and Italy and Southgate will be aware of some of the criticism that Roy Hodgson came in for when selecting Wilshere for Euro 2016.

But the midfielder has been a regular in the Arsenal side of late and told Sky Sports that he has not given up hope of a place on the place to Russia.

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