England may have carried a jinx into the penalty shootout and the latest being their 2017 U-17 Euro final loss to Spain earlier this year but Cooper ensured that the Young Lions held their nerves and not panic. "We created chances. It went nearly as it was planned but one thing which lacked was we failed to score". "Part of our work with the teams is to work on and develop all parts of global football", Cooper said.
"They're a good team with some good players".
"It was a part of our plan - something that we have used before".
Brewster, who later scored England's first penalty, had a weird outing - he consistently found himself in the right positions within the eighteen-yard box, but his wayward shooting symbolized England's night in front of the goal - indecisive and imprecise.
"But we look forward, not back, and I've said on many occasions that it isn't about one player and if any of the boys left through any reasons such as injuries or club commitments, we will always be about the team and the squad".
"We've enjoyed our experience so far", said Cooper.
England Under-17's manager Steve Cooper has described losing Jadon Sancho as "a disappointment". It's been awesome attendance here, so good for players for players and all the teams to play in front of such a crowd atmosphere in a developmental tournament like this. "I can not pick one team at the moment", he signed off. "We've played in front of some unbelievable attendances which has been a real benefiting factor for the players because they're still quite young so to get an early experience of playing in front of crowds like that will serve them well in the long-term. The local public deserves a pat in the back for that", Cooper told reporters after the game. "Having equalled our best is something to be proud of but we would love to come back to Kolkata". But we need to develop.
They will now play United States of America in the round of eight and Cooper said getting as far as they ever have is something to be proud of. "I am not surprised either by the fight or the football Japan played. But I really wanted him to play in this match". "I am proud of how we stood up to Japan and loved the players' body language on and off the pitch".