Mehmet helps Turks through

WEST HAM Academy goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet helped his country book a place in the second round of the FIFA under-17 World Cup as Turkey thumped Costa Rica 4-1 in their second group match. Having already beaten Burkino Faso 1-0 in their opening game, the vic

WEST HAM Academy goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet helped his country book a place in the second round of the FIFA under-17 World Cup as Turkey thumped Costa Rica 4-1 in their second group match.

Having already beaten Burkino Faso 1-0 in their opening game, the victory in the clash with Costa Rica earned Mehmet (left) and his team a place in the second round with a game to spare.

The Turks will now take on the United Arab Emirates in the last 16 today (Wednesday) with the winners playing Argentina or Colombia in the quarter-finals.

MEANWHILE, Robert Hall was also doing his bit as England's under-17 side booked their place in the elite qualifying round of the European Championships with three straight wins in Azerbaijan.


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The 16-year-old came off the bench to score two goals in the opening 6-2 thrashing of Kazakhstan, and that was enough to earn him a start in the 4-0 thumping of hosts Azerbaijan.

England completed their qualifying group on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Serbia, though Hall was back on the bench.

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WEST HAM defender Bondz N'Gala has joined Scunthorpe United on a month's loan.

The 20-year-old defender, who made his West Ham debut as a substitute in the Carling Cup defeat at Bolton, will join fellow Hammer Jordan Spence at Glanford Park.

Meanwhile, Josh Payne has now made two loan appearances for Colchester , while Holmar Eyjolfsson chalked up his fourth appearance for Cheltenham in the 4-0 home defeat against Crewe Alexandra.

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