ENGLAND Under-17s have returned to Heathrow clutching the World Cup trophy to a heroes’ welcome after famously winning the tournament.
The Young Lions won every match they played in India and even battled back from 2-0 down against Spain in the final to win 5-2 and get their hands on some momentous silverware.
Phil Foden and Rhian Brewster also showed off their individual awards after sublime efforts in India – winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot respectively.
Liverpool youngster Brewster clutched the gong for being the tournament’s top scorer as well as the Bronze Ball – the award for being named the competition’s third-best player.
Meanwhile, Man City star Foden showed-off his Player of the Tournament award – with Angel Gomes seen enjoying the World Cup trophy itself for most of the morning.
England’s stars were treated to a heroes’ welcome as they landed back in Blighty and seemed only too happy to show off the trophy and pose for pictures.
As well as parading their host of trophies around the airport, each player proudly displayed their winners’ medal after their stunning campaign.
Meanwhile, boss Cooper revealed he hopes people can finally take stock of just how good young players in England are after another massive youth success this year alone.
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He said: “The academies are doing some outstanding work and we really believe in what we’re doing with the national teams.
“Results are starting to show and I think people are starting to sit up and take notice of how good English players really are.
“There might be a player already in the wings waiting to step up.”
“And as long as we keep doing that I’m convinced there will be more opportunities further down the line.
“I don’t think there’s anybody that purposely doesn’t want to give English players a chance but maybe we should be looking a bit closer to home.
Cooper added that while his squad are by no means the finished article, they have the ability and mentality to succeed in the long run.
He added: “These boys have got to enjoy this moment but they will quickly know they’ve got to get back to every day development work in training and games.
“They know nobody’s anywhere near the finished article yet. They’re a grounded bunch, they work really hard, they get on with each other really well.
“What they do do is they love playing football, they love being footballers, and as long as they keep that enthusiasm and that appetite they will have a good chance.
“They’re still very young and there isn’t one way of being ready to be a footballer.
“Some might break through not far from now and others need to go through the full cycle and maybe aren’t ready until 20, 21.
“All that is important is that when the boys are ready the opportunities are there.”