England’s first participation at a FIFA U-17 World Cup came at Korea Republic 2007, and they topped a group which included 2005 finalists Brazil to reach a quarter-final with Germany. That side, which included Danny Welbeck and Danny Rose, came unstuck in a 4-1 defeat. Four years later, coach John Peacock headed to Mexico with Raheem Sterling in his ranks, once more winning the group, before seeing off Argentina in a penalty shootout in the Round of 16. However, Germany saw off the Three Lions again in a tight quarter-final clash.
Peacock was in charge of the side for their most recent UEFA qualifying campaign after their impressive UEFA U-17 Championship win in 2014. England won all six of their preliminary games to reach the final tournament in Bulgaria, where the Three Lions topped their group to set up a quarter-final with Russia. A 1-0 defeat meant a play-off against Spain, which ended goalless. A penalty shootout victory saw reserve goalkeeper Will Huffer save Dani Olmo’s spot kick, allowing Easah Suliman to score the penalty that sent England to Chile.
Experienced coach Peacock departed the role after guiding the side to Chile to take up a position at English second tier team Derby County. The FA announced that current England U-18 head coach Neil Dewsnip, who helped develop talents like Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley at Everton, will be the man to lead the U-17 squad in Chile.