England hammer 10-man New Caledonia in opener at FIFA U-17 World Cup

New Zealand’s Oceania neighbours New Caledonia have been overrun 10-0 in their opening Group C match at the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in Indonesia.

For England, it was their biggest-ever win at an U-17 World Cup finals, eclipsing their previous best victory, a 5-0 win against New Zealand in 2007.

England’s job was made easier by the sending off of New Caledonia’s Nolhann Alebate at the start of the second-half, when the player was involved in an off-the-ball incident against England’s Myles Lewis-Skelly.

After the match, England’s Justin Oboavwoduo said: “We wanted to win the game by a convincing margin. It was important we made a statement. Personally, when you come to competitions like this, you want to open your [goalscoring] account early and get into good habits. It was good for me to score two, even if I would have loved to have scored more!”

Main photo credit: Alex Caparros / FIFA / Getty Images.

New Caledonia’s next group match is against Brazil, who lost their opening game 1-0 to Iran.

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Game played on Sunday November 12, 2023 (NZT)

New Caledonia 0
England 10 (Reiss Denny 16′ pen), Justin Oboavwoduo 30′, 57′, Tyler Dibling 35′, Josh-Kofi Acheampong 45’+4′, Sam Amo-Ameyaw 51′, Ethan Nwaneri 78′, own goal 80′, Harrison Murray-Campbell 85′, Finley McAllister 90’+1′)

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Game to be played on Sunday November 12, 2023

New Zealand v Venezuela
Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung (10pm, NZT)

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