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When the football took over

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The Mali goal that wasn't

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Champions England dominate ESPN's U-17 World Cup Team of the tournament

England lifted their first U-17 World Cup title, capping off an incredible year of success for their junior teams, with a 5-2 win over Spain in the U-17 World Cup final in Kolkata, India over the weekend. The tournament saw record crowds and a new record for most goals at an U-17 World Cup, with several young players standing out.

Here's ESPN's pick of the stars who shone brightest -- not surprisingly, the English team features quite prominently -- and when you read news about some of these names...

When the football took over

Debayan Sen, Arjun Namboothiri and Jayaditya Gupta talk about England's win against Spain in a thrilling World Cup final and discuss the defining moments from the tournament.
Lights, camera, action: More than 66000 people in Kolkata were treated to a football match they are not going to forget in a hurry

Kolkata has always loved football. Today, football loved it back, giving the 66,000 fans at the Salt Lake Stadium a World Cup final that had everything: skills, spills, thrills and above all a stirring and improbable fightback. England were staring at the abyss after half an hour; by the time another half hour had lapsed they had equalised. In the final third of the match, they were scoring for fun.

It was the perfect antidote to the first game of the double-header, where Brazil and Mali didn't...

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There are some incredible factoids going into this Under-17 World Cup final. For example, that neither England nor Spain, football's traditional powerhouse and its new leader, has ever won this tournament. Or that England, who have an abysmal record at World Cups post 1966, are making up for lost time: this is their second World Cup final in five months, having won the Under-20 tournament in South Korea in June.

This tournament has traditionally been the preserve of African teams - Nigeria and Ghana...

England U17s have improved since Euro final loss - Spain's Ferran Torres

ESPN's Sharda Ugra and Debayan Sen were on scene at the Salt Lake Stadium to watch as England upset Brazil to make the final of the Under-17 World Cup.

Ferran Torres says both his Spain team and Saturday's FIFA Under-17 World Cup final opponents England are better sides than when they met in the final of the European Championship five months ago.

Valencia's Torres has been one of the sensations of the tournament, starting in all of Spain's six games in India while scoring two goals and setting up two more.

The 17-year-old was in the Spain side that beat England 4-1 on penalties to claim Euro U17 glory in Slovakia back in May.

England are unbeaten...