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Barca's Ansu Fati left out of Spain's U17 squad, destined for senior team

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Ansu Fati has been left out of Spain's squad for the upcoming Under-17 World Cup in Brazil and will remain in Barcelona.

Spain U17 coach David Gordo revealed last month that if Ansu were available for selection, he would be included in the roster.

However, Gordo named a 21-man group on Wednesday without the 16-year-old included.

Speaking on Wednesday after the squad announcement, Spain's youth team sporting director Francisco Hernandez said: "The decision we have taken, in this case...

Barca teenage sensation Ansu set for Spain call

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens weighs in on 16-year-old Ansu Fati's impact at Barcelona so far with two goals in his first three matches.

Barcelona forward Ansu Fati wants to represent Spain and will do so in next month's Under-17 World Cup provided the paperwork arrives on time, coach David Gordo has said.

Ansu, 16, who became Barca's youngest player to feature in a UEFA competition when he started in Tuesday's goalless draw at Borussia Dortmund, was born in Bissau-Guinea but is in the process of obtaining Spanish nationality.

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Champions England dominate ESPN's U-17 World Cup Team of the tournament

England lifted their first U-17 World Cup title, capping off an incredible year of success for their junior teams, with a 5-2 win over Spain in the U-17 World Cup final in Kolkata, India over the weekend. The tournament saw record crowds and a new record for most goals at an U-17 World Cup, with several young players standing out.

Here's ESPN's pick of the stars who shone brightest -- not surprisingly, the English team features quite prominently -- and when you read news about some of these names...

When the football took over

Debayan Sen, Arjun Namboothiri and Jayaditya Gupta talk about England's win against Spain in a thrilling World Cup final and discuss the defining moments from the tournament.
Lights, camera, action: More than 66000 people in Kolkata were treated to a football match they are not going to forget in a hurry

Kolkata has always loved football. Today, football loved it back, giving the 66,000 fans at the Salt Lake Stadium a World Cup final that had everything: skills, spills, thrills and above all a stirring and improbable fightback. England were staring at the abyss after half an hour; by the time another half hour had lapsed they had equalised. In the final third of the match, they were scoring for fun.

It was the perfect antidote to the first game of the double-header, where Brazil and Mali didn't...