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Crellin starts and keeps a clean sheet as England progress

15 October 2017

Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Billy Crellin made history on Saturday as he started for England in their FIFA U17 World Cup group match against Iraq.

The 17-year-old played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet for Steve Cooper’s side as they comfortably progressed to knockout stages with a 4-0 win.

Billy was the first ever Fleetwood Town player to play for England at any level when he made his debut for the U18s last month against South Africa, and is subsequently the first player from the club to play in a major tournament for England.

Fleetwood-born Crellin looked assured in between the sticks, and was called into action just after half an hour, making a smart low save from Ali Kareem.

However goals from Angel Gomes, Emile Smith-Rowe and two for Danny Loader ensured The Three Lions will face Japan in the last 16.

Well done, Billy!

Picture credit: FIFA & Getty Images

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