England crash out of Under-17 World Cup to Uzbekistan – ranked just 73rd in the world… and Young Lions lose their heads when minnows’ manager boots the ball away to stop them equalising!
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  • Uzbekistan’s U17s manager caused chaos when he kicked the ball into the stands
  • Jamoliddin Rahmatullayev was sent off but still protested his innocence 
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England Under-17s have a new nemesis in the form of Uzbekistan U17s manager Jamoliddin Rahmatullayev, who booted the ball into the stands in the dying moments of his nation’s 2-1 win over the Three Lions.

Uzbekistan were beating England nine minutes into stoppage time in their U17s World Cup last 16 clash when Rahmatullayev wellied the ball into Row Z to delay a throw-in. 

Players from both sides rushed over as tempers flared and Rahmatullayev was sent off for his unsporting behaviour. 

Ever mischievous, he protested his innocence and was able to watch his team cling on to victory after 13 minutes of stoppage time. 

An England side brimming with talents from top Premier League academies including Manchester City and Chelsea was reeling with fury after the controversial misdemeanour.

Uzbekistan U17s manager Jamoliddin Rahmatullayev booted the ball into the stands to waste time as England were losing 2-1

Uzbekistan U17s manager Jamoliddin Rahmatullayev booted the ball into the stands to waste time as England were losing 2-1

Players were infuriated when the minnows' coach wellied the ball away to prevent England from equalising

Players were infuriated when the minnows’ coach wellied the ball away to prevent England from equalising 

England players rushed towards the manager and were tailed by Uzbekistan youngsters

England players rushed towards the manager and were tailed by Uzbekistan youngsters 

Rahmatullayev was sent off for his unsporting behaviour but his side ultimately won the game

Rahmatullayev was sent off for his unsporting behaviour but his side ultimately won the game

Uzbekistan celebrated the historic win but will be without their manager for the next game

Uzbekistan celebrated the historic win but will be without their manager for the next game

England went behind after just four minutes Amirbek Saidov scored a headed rebound. 

Man City youngster Joel Ndala restored parity after 36 minutes, leaving everything to play for in the second half. 

However, Lazizbek Mirzeav’s beautiful 20-yard free-kick after 67 minutes proved to be the goal that would send home the 2017 champions. 

This is a disappointing end to what was a promising tournament in Indonesia for Ryan Garry’s next generation of England stars.

The Three Lions battered New Caledonia 10-0, beat Iran 2-1, and lost 2-1 to Brazil as they topped their group. 

Ndala was England’s top scorer at the tournament with three goals while Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny also chipped in with a couple.  

Uzbekistan, ranked 73rd in the world, have reached their first quarter-final since 2011 and they will either face France or Senegal next. 

More to follow.  

Ryan Garry's young side were devastated after their controversial exit from the tournament

Ryan Garry’s young side were devastated after their controversial exit from the tournament

Joel Ndala equalised for England after 36 minutes but it wasn't to be for the youngsters

Joel Ndala equalised for England after 36 minutes but it wasn’t to be for the youngsters

Lazizbek Mirzeav scored a stunning second-half free-kick to send home England's starlets

Lazizbek Mirzeav scored a stunning second-half free-kick to send home England’s starlets

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