Everton youngsters help England to Euro glory

Sascha Steinbach

Toffees duo both score in shootout win.

Everton midfielder Ryan Ledson and full back JonJoe Kenny played a key role as England lifted the European U17 Championship in Malta.

The final against the Netherlands finished 1-1 after the regulation 80 minutes, meaning the game - and the Championship - would be decided via spot kicks.

Ledson, who captained England throughout the tournament,  confidently dispatched his penalty into the bottom left corner to give England the perfect start.

After two Netherlands players had missed their penalties, Kenny stepped up and dispatched the winning spot-kick and spark wild celebrations among the young England players.

Both Kenny and Ledson are highly-rated by the Everton coaching staff with Ledson named as a substitute for the game against Southampton last month.

He was set to be involved with the first-team for the final game of the season against Hull - until England came calling.

There is still a lot of hard work ahead for both players before they can think about becoming senior professionals but they can use Ross Barkley as inspiration. Barkley was involved with the England U17 side that won the European Championship four years ago and is now both a regular Everton player and full England international.

Congratulations to Ryan and JonJoe, as well as the rest of the England U17 squad and management team.

A special mention also to the Everton academy staff for their hard work in helping the two youngsters develop.

With the Everton U18 side still celebrating winning the U18 Premier League last week, the future certainly looks very bright at Goodison Park.

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