Luton defender starts as England beat Iran to reach U17 World Cup knockout stages
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The teenager came into the XI after being on the bench for the 10-0 victory over New Caledonia on Saturday, as Ryan Garry’s side fell behind just after the half-hour mark, when Nima’s corner was converted by Abolfazi Zamani.
England still looked to attack, but couldn’t find an equaliser in the first period, as a double change just before the hour mark saw Reiss Russell-Denny and Justin Oboavwoduo introduced.
The duo had been on the pitch for less than five minutes when the Young Lions were level, Russell-Denny driving forward and playing a one-two with Matty Warhurst, leading to the Chelsea player locating the bottom corner to make it 1-1.
Johnson was then replaced by Jayden Meghoma with 14 minutes to go as Garry’s team went for a winner
It looked like it wasn’t going to come, substitute Samuel Amo-Ameyaw hitting the side netting and Michael Golding narrowly wide as well.
They did finally break through in the 90th minute as Manchester City’s Joel Ndala curled a terrific finish beyond Arsha Shakouri to claim the 2-1 victory.
England have their final group game against Brazil on Friday.
Young Lions: 1 Tommy Setford, Josh Acheampong, Lakyle Samuel (c), Joe Johnson (Jayden Meghoma 76), Ishé Samuels Smith, Michael Golding, Joel Ndala, Myles Lewis-Skelly (Samuel Amo-Ameyaw 67), Chris Rigg (Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny 59), Matty Warhurst (Manchester City), Ethan Nwaneri (Justin Oboavwoduo 59).
Subs not used: Finley McAllister, Tyler Dibling, Harrison Murray-Campbell, Ted Curd, Archie Stevens, Finley Herrick.