Tommy lines up against Samba Boys
TOMMY Smith will line up against Brazil this morning as England Under-17s look to finish top of their World Cup group, writes Derek Davis.The Ipswich Town defender was rested in England's 5-0 win over New Zealand on Tuesday after helping his country to a 1-1 draw with North Korea last weekend.
By Derek Davis
TOMMY Smith will line up against Brazil this morning as England Under-17s look to finish top of their World Cup group, writes Derek Davis.
The Ipswich Town defender was rested in England's 5-0 win over New Zealand on Tuesday after helping his country to a 1-1 draw with North Korea last weekend.
Victory over the Samba Boys, who have won this competition three times, would see England finish top of Group B, although it will be a big ask against the side that has scored 13 goals in their other two group games, including a 6-1 win over the Koreans.
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The top two teams go through to the second phase, while the third-place side will be involved in a play-off.
Colchester United's Medy Elito, who made his World Cup debut in England's victory over the Kiwis, is included in the squad to face Brazil.
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Smith is one of four Town youngsters who have been on international duty this week.
Billy Clarke played in the Republic of Ireland's 2-2 draw with Germany, Academy youngster Paul Murphy injured a knee as the Republic's Under-17s beat Lithuania 2-0, while Chris Casement was part of Northern Ireland's 2-1 win against Finland.
Town's first choice keeper Neil Alexander was on the bench as Scotland pulled off a 2-1 win over South Africa.
Jay McEveley, who revealed his desire to play for Scotland while on loan at Ipswich, finally got his wish when he made an outstanding debut for his adopted country.
McEveley qualifies to play because his grandfather comes from Dumfries.