England’s U17 team just won the World Cup in a tense game against Spain after coming from behind to win 5-2.
Right after their win in Kolata, India, the Duke of Cambridge sent out a congratulatory message via the Kensington Palace Twitter account.
Followed up by a second tweet, reading: “This is the second World Cup our
#YoungLions have won this year – hugely exciting moment for the future of English football.”
The Under-20s team from England won the same honour this past summer.
The Under-17s celebrated with the crowd as many of the spectators ran down to the field to cheer on the winning team.
The Duke of Cambridge is President of the Football Association, During the role which he has held for 11 years, Prince William has helped with the bid for England to host the 2018 World Cup. He joined David Cameron and David Beckham on a delegation to Switzerland in 2010 to secure the bid, but they were not successful.
In 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opened a £105 million national centre of football at St George’s Park
Prince William took the position over from his uncle, Prince Andrew. At the time of the announcement in 2005 Geoff Thompson, chairman of The FA, said: “Everyone at The FA is delighted that Prince William has agreed to be our next President. In 2000 we asked The Duke of York to take on the role for five years and he has done a terrific job, particularly behind the scenes, for which we are enormously grateful.
“The appointment of Prince William initially as President-Designate means that over the next few months The Duke can introduce him to The FA, its staff and its many programmes and initiatives. Prince William’s enthusiasm for football, both as a player and a fan, is well known and we believe his Presidency will prove a great asset to the national game.”