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England make history at CP World Championships

England make history at CP World Championships
England CP team 2017 Worlds

England's CP team put in a superb performance in defeat in the bronze medal play-off against Russia, but the squad's fourth-place finish represents their best-ever showing at a World Championships.

The match finished 0-0 at the end of full-time, and seemed destined for penalties before two late Russia goals consigned England to a harsh defeat in San Luis against a team who effectively train as full-time professionals.

England stormed through the group stages, beating Japan 11-0 in their opener before 9-0 and 5-0 wins over Venezuela and the Netherlands in their following two matches.

A brilliant goal from captain Jack Rutter helped England turn a 1-0 deficit against the USA into a 2-1 victory in the quarter-final, but a tense semi-final went Iran's way in a 3-1 defeat.

Three players made it into double figures for goals scored in the tournament with Dale Smith topping the list with 13, closely followed by Oliver Nugent with 12 and 10 from Rutter.

Speaking to the FA website, Rutter said the tournament had showcased the team's development since the Paralympic Games in Rio

"This is a really good squad," he said.

"There’s only seven players who can start and in previous years you could hand pick the team who would start. 

"Nowadays, you can’t do that as we have strength in depth and a much stronger squad than we have done before. We have players who can come off the bench to make an impact."