Pompey starlet helps England into last 16

111222-473_SPORTS_AWARDS_SR_4/4/11' Young Sportsman of the Yaer Sam Magri collects his award from David Cotterill at The News Sports Awards in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park.''Picture:Steve Reid 111222-473
111222-473_SPORTS_AWARDS_SR_4/4/11' Young Sportsman of the Yaer Sam Magri collects his award from David Cotterill at The News Sports Awards in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park.''Picture:Steve Reid 111222-473
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Sam Magri has helped England into the last 16 of the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico.

The Pompey starlet was part of the side which defeated Uruguay 2-0 on Saturday night.

That was enough to top group C and cruise into the second round of the tournament.

Their opposition has yet to be decided, with other group matches still to be played.

Regardless, the fixture will be held in Pachuca on Thursday at 9pm, British Summer Time.

Goals from captain Nathaniel Chalobah and Max Clayton saw off a Uruguay side which had previously topped the group without conceding a goal. Magri once again was named in the centre of defence, although was substituted in the 54th minute with England 1-0 up.

And head coach John Peacock was delighted with his side’s display.

He said: ‘I hope we can continue the quality of play we have been producing in the group stages and take it forward into our next game.

‘We have now gone three games unbeaten and finished top of the group, so I can’t ask for much more than that.

‘It was extremely difficult playing in the heat in the middle of the day, so we had to work very hard and maintain procession of the ball.

‘Obviously we had to defend well when we didn’t have the ball, which we did very well.

‘We overcame a good side in Uruguay and that will give the side confidence moving into the latter stages of the competition.

‘We have an extra day to recover now and prepare for the last 16.

‘I am happy we are heading back to Pachuca, where the boys are used to the training facilities and the stadium and we are looking forward to the next round now.’