Former Bangor City player Steve Cooper, who now manages England U17s, has won the World Cup with his young team.
England Under-17s staged a stunning comeback from being two goals down to beat Spain 5-2 in the Final and lift the trophy.
Cooper who began his playing career with Wrexham, but didn’t make any first team appearances, played for Bangor City between 200-2002, making 57 appearances and scoring 3 goals. Cooper also played for Bangor City in the UEFA Cup against FK Sartid Smederevo in 2002. Cooper also played for Rhyl, The New Saints and Porthmadog.
The young England team were deserving winners of the World Cup for the first time and lifted the trophy after a series of free-flowing, free-scoring performances. Cooper’s side racked up 23 goals in their seven matches out in India.
Steve Cooper said: “We are worthy winners of the tournament, the football we’ve played and the amount of goals we’ve scored. We have individual talent, team identity, character and personality.
“To be 2-0 down in a World Cup final, against the run of play in my opinion, and to come back tells you everything about the character of the players.”
Cooper’s Under-17s were seconds away from also winning their European Championship back in May only for Spain to score an equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time and then win on penalties.
Cooper who was born in Pontypridd and now lives in Wrexham, describes himself as “a proud Welshman.”