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Liverpool youngster scores hat-trick as England Under-17s swagger through to World Cup semi-finals

Rhian Brewster starred as the Three Lions move a step closer to glory with a 4-1 win over USA

The young lions continue to roar on the big stage.

Rhian Brewster scored a hat-trick to fire England into the semi-finals of the Under-17s World Cup.

The Liverpool starlet was joined on the scoresheet by Morgan Gibbs-White to seal an historic place in the last four with a 4-1 win over USA.

England have reached the Under-17s World Cup semi-finals after defeating USA

Well played, boys

After knocking out Japan earlier in the week, Steve Cooper’s men proved too strong for their American counterparts in Margao.

The Young Lions made the breakthrough with just 11 minutes on the clock and it was as a result of some fine play from Man City’s Phil Foden.

He beat several players down the right flank before sending in a low cross that goalkeeper Justin Garces could only parry away – Brewster was on hand to volley home the rebound.

Three minutes later the same duo combined again to double the advantage.

Foden slipped a splendid throughball into the path of Brewster and he produced a cool chip over the advancing keeper to double the lead.

Shortly after the hour mark England did inflicted the killer a blow through Gibbs-White.

Goalscorer Brewster this time tuned provider as his low cross was turned in by the Wolves man at the near post.

Thoughts were turning to the semi but Cooper’s side suffered a scare with 18 minutes left on the clock as the States got themselves back into it.

Josh Sargent gave his side hope of an amazing comeback when he prodded home – but it proved to be a false dawn.

England retained possession well throughout the closing stages as they edged closer to full time.

Sergino Dest was red carded after a foul on Brewster inside the area, the the 17-year-old dusted himself off to thump home the penalty and claim the match ball.

All eyes will now turn to Sunday’s clash between the Brazilians and Germans to see who is up next for the young English lions on Wednesday.