Hall's final fling

Lucky charm Robert Hall will go for UEFA European U17 Championship glory when England tackle Spain in the final on Sunday.

The West Ham United forward has played his part in the Young Lions' march to the final, appearing in all four of England's matches at the tournament in Liechtenstein.

The 16-year-old appeared as a substitute in the Group B victories over Czech Republic and Greece before starting and scoring a penalty winner in a 2-1 success against Turkey.

An early injury to Manchester United's William Keane gave Hall the opportunity to get another 74 minutes under his belt as John Peacock's side beat France 2-1 to set up Sunday's final.

Peacock could be forgiven for thinking Hall only has to step on to the pitch for England to win, such has been the youngster's record in an England U17 shirt - he has played 15, won 13, drawn two and lost zero, scoring eight goals.


England have won all ten matches they have contested in this year's European Championship campaign, winning all six qualifiers and four games at the finals.

To add to his penalty against Turkey, Hall also netted twice in the 6-2 qualifying round win over Kazakhstan before adding another in the 4-0 Elite Round qualifying success against Sweden.

Robert Hall

Sunday's final promises to be a testing affair, however, as opponents Spain have won nine of their ten matches, scoring 36 goals in the process.

In a repeat of the 2007 final, which Spain won 1-0 thanks to a goal from FC Barcelona star Bojan, England will have to keep a close eye on captain and Valencia CF forward Paco, who has netted 12 goals in nine European Championship matches.

Manager Peacock is expecting a close game at the Rheinpark stadium: "We've never won the U17s finals. It's been an objective for this group to reach the final. We have done that now and we'll continue to do the work and we'll prepare properly in the next two or three days and hope that we can finally take that U17 title that the Spanish have done before us. I just hope it keeps going."

Sunday's final will be screened live by British Eurosport 2, with kick-off at 5pm.