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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019

FIFA U-17 World Cup: ‘Dream come true’ for Rhian Brewster as England reach final

Rhian Brewster scored his second consecutive hattrick of the tournament as England beat Brazil to reach the FIFA U-17 World Cup final.

fifa-u17-world-cup-2017 Updated: Oct 25, 2017 23:58 IST
Rhian Brewster celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil during their FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 semifinal match in Kolkata.
Rhian Brewster celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil during their FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 semifinal match in Kolkata.(PTI)

Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp noticed Rhian Brewster because he scored a hattrick behind closed doors at their training ground in Melwood. On Wednesday, in a World Cup semi-final, he did that against Brazil in front of over 63,000 people. Maybe Klopp will notice him even more now. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Brewster’s successive hattricks catapulted England to their maiden under-17 World Cup final. “It’s a big dream come true for me because I never thought I would get them. Of course, you never think of getting hattricks in two games and for it to come in the quarter-final and the semi-final is an amazing feeling,” said Brewster, speaking in the mixed zone after Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Brazil in the semi-final.

Born on All Fools Day in 2000, Brewster is the first to do that in knockout rounds and the fourth in the competition’s history. “It is amazing to be able to do it and contribute to my team. I hope we can now walk out winners,” he said. It was Brewster’s hattrick against USA that got England to the semi-finals.

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He dedicated his goals in the semi-final goals to his “mum, my family and, of course, (England left-back) Jonny (Jonathan) Panzo because it is his birthday today.”

Brewster, who debuted for Liverpool’s under-23 this year against Ipswich Town and got a goal in his first start, took a lot more time than he does in the penalty area when asked if he remembered his first hattrick. “It was for Chelsea against Tottenham but it was a long time ago. I scored four,” he said.

He said it was important that England got the lead. “It was important to have got the lead and then the boys dug deep and pushed through to the end and we won 3-1,” said Brewster.

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Reluctant to talk about individual players, England coach Steve Cooper made an exception on Wednesday. “It is an amazing achievement and deserves special mention. But he will be the first one to tell you about the service that he gets. Rhian’s more than a goalscorer because our defending too starts with the No.9,” said Cooper.

After spending seven years at Chelsea, Brewster shifted to Liverpool because, he told the club’s website, there were better chances of getting a first-team slot at the Reds. In the same interview, he spoke of looking up to Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and how he liked Luis Suarez’s game. Brewster mentioned Suarez’s quick feet and wished he would one day play for Liverpool’s first team.

Maybe, he took a big step towards that on Wednesday.