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17 years on - last England team to reach U17 Euro final

England are back in the final of the U17 European Championships against Spain today - 17 years after their last appearance.

England have never won this competition or its U16 equivalent. In fact, the last time an England men's team won a UEFA Championship was on home soil in 1993, the year 17 of this current crop were born.

In '93, of course, they were U18s rather than U17s, with UEFA having amended the age levels in 2001.

England began with a solid 2-0 win against France at Stoke on 18 July, Kevin Gallen and Robbie Fowler scoring the goals on that occasion. Both players were on target again and Julian Joachim added the other two as Holland were defeated 4-1 at Walsall two days later.

Ted Powell's side were now warming to the task, Fowler blasting a hat-trick as Spain were overwhelmed 5-1 at Bescot Stadium in their last Group One fixture. Mark Tinkler and Jamie Forrester grabbed the other goals as England qualified for the Final at Nottingham Forest's City Ground on 25 July.

A massive crowd of 23,381 packed in to see Darren Caskey notch the 70th-minute penalty that proved to be enough to sink Turkey.

On that day England lined up like this: Chris Day (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Neville (Manchester United), Kevin Sharp (Leeds United), Darren Caskey (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Casper (Manchester United), Sol Campbell (Tottenham Hotspur), Mark Tinkler (Leeds United), Julian Joachim (Leicester City), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Robbie Fowler (Liverpool) and Kevin Gallen (QPR). Noel Whelan (Leeds United) came on for Gallen.

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