England advances past Portugal to U-17 Euro final after pair of brilliant goals

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England’s U-17 squad downed Portugal after a masterful pair of goals from London youth stars gave the Young Lions a second-half “comeback” and put them into the finals of the UEFA European U-17 Championships.

The score was 0-0 at the halftime break, but Portugal were well and truly on top after hitting the woodwork a trio of times in the first half and looked set to break through in the second 45.

However, Chelsea product Dominic Solanke put them surprisingly 1-up just six minutes into the second half as he controlled a long ball over his head with ease and finished with a beautiful chip of Portuguese keeper Fabio Duarte.

Watch Solanke’s expertly calm finish here

Then, Fulham youth star Patrick Roberts did what he does best, embarassing a total of four would-be tacklers in a bit of individual brilliance, dancing through the box and flicking the finish cooly into the back of the net.

Watch Roberts’ brilliant individual effort here

Roberts and Solanke were just weeks ago on opposite ends of the FA Youth Cup final, but here they teamed up to bring England’s U-17 squad 90 minutes from a Euro victory.  They will play the Netherlands in the finals, after they torched Scotland in the other semifinal.

It’s a great moment for a country that believes it is struggling to develop young talent in-house, and looking to devise creative but not so pratical methods of boosting development within its own league ranks.

At just 17 years old, Roberts could factor heavily into Fulham’s fold next season, having been relegated into the Championship and likely needing a striker after Kostas Mitroglou looks to be headed elsewhere.

His skills have been widely recognized, and failure to return to the Premier League quickly combined with a positive season in the Championship could see Roberts headed elsewhere.  Various reports have named Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Barcelona as interested in the winger.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.