Hall fires England through

Robert Hall fired England through to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship semi-finals on Monday evening.

The West Ham United forward was in John Peacock's starting XI as the Young Lions roared through to the last-four courtesy of a 2-1 win over Turkey at the Rheinpark Stadion in the Liechtenstein capital, Vaduz.


Hall was handed his first start of the tournament after impressing hugely as a substitute in each of England's opening two Group B victories over the Czech Republic and Greece.

The 16-year-old made the most of his chance, firing a 62nd-minute penalty into Muhammed Uysal's bottom left-hand corner after the goalkeeper had brought down Arsenal striker Benik Afobe to ensure England topped the group.

Hall's goal was his eighth in 14 matches for England at U17 level. The teenager has yet to end on the losing side in any of those 14 games, winning 12 and drawing two.

The goal turned out to be the winner, having been preceded by Okan Derici's 31st-minute opener and West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino's equaliser four minutes later.

England will face France in the last-four after their old adversaries defeated Switzerland 3-1 earlier on Monday. The French finished as runners-up to Spain, who defeated Portugal 2-0 in the Iberian derby.

The Spanish will tackle Turkey after the Czechs' goalless draw with Greece meant both nations were eliminated. The semi-final winners will square-off in the final in Vaduz on Sunday 30 May.