Ahead of tomorrow’s decisive fixture at 20:00 CEST against Israel, the Under-17 National Team had a final tactical session on pitch 11 at St. George’s Park. England have already qualified from Group A and Italy are competing with Switzerland for second. A win would guarantee that the Azzurrini progress but a draw could also be enough if the Swiss don’t beat England.
Following the 2-1 loss against the home nation where the Azzurrini were greatly tested physically, Carmine Nunziata has had time to evaluate the shape that his team is in while he’ll be without the suspended Nicolò Fagioli. The medical team are also evaluating Freddi Greco who had to come off against England with an injury to the right foot. The Coach has no doubts about how to play tomorrow. “We’re not making calculations, we’ll play to win. Israel are an excellent team and they put England in difficulty in the opening match and they absolutely cannot be underestimated. They’ve got nothing to lose and they’ve give everything to cause us problems.”
After losing to England, Israel fell to a tough 3-0 defeat to Switzerland and they only have a very faint hope of progressing. The Technical Director for the National Youth Teams Maurizio Viscidi also spoke about the dangers that tomorrow’s match could pose. “The Israelis play a very dynamic 4-4-1-1, especially with their two forwards who play a very fast and technical brand of football. They gave a lot in the first match against England and perhaps crumbled physically against the Swiss. Tomorrow, I believe that they’ll play a very open brand of football and we’ll have to pay attention to them in attack and make the most of any space they give up.”
Furthermore, along with England, the Netherlands and Belgium in Groups C and D are celebrating their qualification to the quarters. The Dutch beat Spain 2-0 while Belgium netted four against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Fixtures, results and standings in Group A
Matchday One (4th May)
ITALY 2-0 Switzerland
England 2-1 Israel (Chesterfield,)
Matchday Two (7th May)
ITALY 1-2 England ( Banks’s Stadium, Walsall)
Israel 0-3 Switzerland (St. George’s Park, Burton upon Trent)
Table: England 6 points, ITALY and Switzerland 3, Israel 0
Matchday Three (10th May)
ITALY vs. Israel (19:00 local time – St. George’s Park, Burton upon Trent)
Switzerland vs. England (19:00, – Rotherham United Stadium, Rotherham)