England Under-17s: Six things you didn’t know about World Cup finalists

A woman takes pictures of another woman wearing a headscarf and looking at a picture cycle on display at the Blue Mosque in Hamburg, northern Germany, on October 3, 2016, which marks the Open-Mosque-Day.
Highlights: England beat Brazil to reach U17 World Cup final
Fifa Under-17 World Cup final: England v Spain
Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata Date: Saturday, 28 October Kick-off: 15:30 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Two, plus live streaming and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app

The success just keeps coming for England’s age-group sides.

After the under-20 side won their World Cup in June and the under-19 side’s victory in their European Championships in July, the under-17s could bring another piece of silverware to St George’s Park if they beat Spain in their own World Cup final on Saturday.

But what are the stories behind the latest crop of youngsters?

Like father, like son

Gomes could yet represent Portugal or Angola, instead of England

As a former age-grade world champion, Angel Gomes’ dad Gil will be able to pass on plenty advice to his offspring.

Back in 1991, Gil, as part of a squad that featured Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Joao Pinto, lifted the 1991 Fifa World Youth Championship for Portugal.

His senior career did not quite follow the same trajectory as that celebrated trio however.

Instead he ended his playing days turning out for the likes of Hendon, Middlewich, Salford and Hyde in the lower reaches of English football.

Gomes posted this picture of him stood alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, his childhood “idols”

It was during that spell that Angel was born in London.

An attacking midfielder with dizzying close control, he has been at Manchester United formally since he was 13. However, he has been a visitor at training ground Carrington since a while before, not least because he is a cousin of the club’s former winger Nani.

Gomes replaced Wayne Rooney in the final two minutes of the final match of United’s last Premier League campaign to become the club’s youngest senior debutant since Duncan Edwards in 1953.

23-0 defeat on debut

Anderson trained with the Manchester City first team this summer

Manchester City goalkeeper Curtis Anderson has conceded four goals in five games during the tournament. That is a distinct improvement on his first-ever game of football.

Playing for Crookland Casuals under-eights – a club in Dalton-in-Furness – he was between the sticks for a 23-0 defeat by Furness Rovers.

“At least I was kept busy, unlike the Furness Rovers goalkeeper,” Anderson apparently said.