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Captain Ledson introduces the champions

Published: Wednesday 21 May 2014, 20.53CET
A David Beckham wannabe, "a little bear" and more than one entertainer are among the colourful characters in the victorious England squad, as presented by captain Ryan Ledson.
by Ryan Ledson
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Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.


Published: Wednesday 21 May 2014, 20.53CET

Captain Ledson introduces the champions

A David Beckham wannabe, "a little bear" and more than one entertainer are among the colourful characters in the victorious England squad, as presented by captain Ryan Ledson.

1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United FC, goalkeeper)
Spice boy! He thinks he's David Beckham with his hair. He's a top lad and he's always the biggest talker in the tunnel, getting you up for the game.

2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton FC, defender)
I could say anything about him – he's my best mate! He's always up for a laugh, always up for a bit of mischief.

3 Tafari Moore (Arsenal FC, defender)
The dancer, the singer, the entertainment man – that's what he is!

4 Ryan Ledson (Everton FC, midfielder)
Leader, legend, Scouser!

5 Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic FC, defender)
Big Joe is an absolute train; when he gets forward there's no stopping him. He's the big boy, the hard one – he's massive as well.

6 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough FC, defender)
Quiet lad but he's got a bit of banter. When he says something it usually has you in stitches.

7 Demetri Mitchell (Manchester United FC, midfielder)
Another little dancer. Liverpool don't really get on with Manchester but he's alright! He's always wanting to show off his skills in training and some of the stuff he does is unbelievable.

8 Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur FC, midfielder)
Good player and I thought he made the difference when he came on in the semi-final. He's a quiet lad who does his talking on the pitch.

9 Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United FC, forward)
My little mate, my little bear. He's another one who's up for anything. He's the music man and one of my other best mates as well.

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Dominic Solanke celebrates a goal

10 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea FC, forward)
Goalscorer. You'd never think he's one of the youngest in the squad because the way he plays is unbelievable – he'll do nothing for 79 minutes and then he'll score. That's what top players do.

11 Isaiah Brown (Chelsea FC, forward)
Ladies' man, I'll call him. He's a good lad and a top player who's always up for doing the entertainment.

12 Mandela Egbo (Crystal Palace FC, defender)
Loves an argument and a bit of debate – nothing goes unless he's right!

13 Sam Howes (West Ham United FC, goalkeeper)
The funniest kid. I think he's the youngest, so if you need anything go to Sam!

14 Lewis Cook (Leeds United AFC, midfielder)
My partner in midfield. He doesn't say much but he's a hard man on the field and will always back you up if you're in trouble.

15 Taylor Moore (RC Lens, defender)
The Frenchman! He's a top lad because it must have been hard for him to have come in the squad not knowing many people. I was made up that he put the ball over for Dom's goal against Portugal.

16 Callum Cooke (Middlesbrough FC, midfielder)
Cookey's absolutely bonkers, absolutely off his head. He plays all the music on the bus and it's decent – house stuff that gets us all up for it. He's always bouncing round and is dead bubbly.

17 Josh Sims (Southampton FC, midfielder)
He's rapid! He was my room-mate in the Czech Republic and though he's quiet, he's a great lad to get on with.

18 Patrick Roberts (Fulham FC, forward)
My room-mate here and I get on with him well – one of my closest mates. He's an unbelievable talent, possibly our best player. I love his attitude because he's dead confident in everything he does.

John Peacock, manager
He's a great manager who always gets his tactics spot on and I think that's why we've done so well in the competition. He always knows everything about the opposition so we're aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Can't say a bad word about him.

Ryan Ledson was speaking to Tom Kell

Last updated: 05/02/15 1.30CET

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