England will feature at the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship after topping elite round Group 4 with maximum points.
"It's a great feeling to progress. We deserved to qualify and look forward to facing the best European sides in Malta," said England manager John Peacock, whose team needed a draw against Italy on Monday to advance. Leaving nothing to chance, the Three Lions triumphed 2-1, finishing three points above Czech Republic, who signed off with a 2-0 defeat of Albania.
The hard work began for the section winners last Wednesday, when they edged Czech Republic 1-0 courtesy of Dominic Solanke's 53rd-minute effort. Elsewhere, Italy came from behind to beat Albania 2-1, defender Ivan Francesco De Santis settling matters from the spot just after the hour.
The Azzurrini's qualification hopes were then dealt a significant blow as they succumbed 2-1 against Czech Republic two days later, Václav Černý scoring the winner a minute into added time. England made it two wins from as many games, meanwhile, consigning Albania to a 1-0 reverse thanks to Isaiah Brown.
Goals from Adam Armstrong and Solanke either side of Valerio Trani's leveller then sealed England's place in the final tournament on matchday three.
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