Ulverston teen Anderson helps England to World Cup win over Chile
CURTIS Anderson marked his World Cup debut with England Under-17s with a clean sheet as the Young Lions defeated Chile 4-0.
The Ulverston teenager was a safe pair of hands between the sticks for an England team expected to go far in the tournament in India.
Playing front of more than 60,000 supporters in Kolkata, Chelsea's Callum Hudson Odoi gave them an early lead in the fifth minute.
Borussia Dortmund's highly-rated Jadon Sancho added a brace in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, before substitute Angel Gomes, of Manchester United, wrapped things up.
Manchester City keeper Anderson was rarely threatened as England dominated the fixture, which will be followed by further Group F games against Mexico and Iraq.
The former Crooklands Casuals youngster did have to deal with a difficult back-pass in the second half – which he did with aplomb – but spent the majority of the fixture calmly collecting crosses or clearing from the back.
England are looking to go one better than they did in this summer's European Championships, when they finished as runners-up to Spain. That was a tournament in which Anderson was in the squad, but did not come onto the pitch.
Since then, he has established himself as the number one stopper for the team and manager Steve Cooper.
He missed the warm-up fixture against New Zealand last weekend as he finished his recovery from injury, but did not put a foot wrong with the number one shirt on his back against the South Americans.
England's next fixture is against Mexico on Wednesday (12.30pm kick-off BST), before they take on Iraq on Saturday (3.30pm kick-off BST). Both fixtures will also take place in Kolkata.