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Danny Murphy thinks the celebrations from England Under-17's were 'wrong'

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England’s youth teams have had quite an incredible few months.

The Under-17’s winning the World Cup at the weekend was the cherry on top of the icing on the cake.

In June, England Under-20’s won the Toulon Tournament and the World Cup in the same month - although the squads were very different for each tournament.

Later in the month, the Under-21’s reached the semi-finals of the European Championships before - you guessed it - losing on penalties to Germany.

Whilst in July, the Under-19’s won the European Championships after beating Portugal in the final.

The future looks bright.

While there are plenty of column inches dedicated to praising England’s latest success - the Under-17’s - there is one man that has heavily criticised them.

After beating Spain 5-2 in the final on Sunday, the young Lions returned home as heroes. However, for Danny Murphy, he has a big problem with their celebrations.

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No, not because they were drinking under-age but because they lifted the World Cup with their shirts back-to-front.

They did that to show the world their names but Murphy believes it should have been the England badge in all the pictures.


Murphy on the 'wrong' celebrations

"There's no England badge in the picture of them winning the World Cup – for me, that's wrong," the former Liverpool midfielder told talkSPORT

"They've all turned their shirts around because they want their names across their chests, so everybody across the world can see who they are.

"They're all saying, 'I'm a good young player coming through, look at me', but that in itself is what is wrong with society.


"In effect, they're thinking about fame as well as being a footballer and I think it creates a big debate here.

"Some of those players could go on to be superstars. We're talking some amazing talent in that group and the freedom they played with, everybody should be happy to see that in an England shirt, and I am too, I was proud of them.

"But the England badge not being in that picture says a lot.


"The fact they want their names to be on the front of their shirts and think about getting their name out there so people know who they are – they are not wrong, but it's what is wrong at the moment."

Already Danny, calm down. They've just won the World Cup, mate.

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