Steve Cooper: England U17s World Cup win gives Swansea edge over Bees

Steve Cooper claims his experience winning World Cup with England Under-17s in 2017 gives Swansea edge over Brentford in Championship Play-Off final at Wembley

  • Swansea face Brentford in Saturday’s Championship Play-Off final at Wembley 
  • Steve Cooper believes his World Cup-winning experience with England can help 
  • The Swans boss led England’s Under-17s to a World Cup victory back in 2017
  • Cooper insists Saturday’s final is his biggest ever match in club management 

Steve Cooper believes being an England World Cup winner will help Swansea seal a return to the Premier League.

Swansea meet Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday, three seasons after their seven-year stay in the top flight ended.

And the 41-year-old Welshman admits leading the likes of England starlets Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi to Under 17 World Cup success in 2017 can only assist Swansea’s promotion ambitions.

Steve Cooper (right) believes being a World Cup winner will help Swansea win the play-offs

Cooper (right) masterminded England’s Under-17 side to a World Cup win back in 2017

‘I think all big experiences help you and give you something to reflect on,’ said Cooper, assessing what was England’s first World Cup triumph at any age group since 1966.

‘In some ways it’s the same, and in others it’s different. It is my biggest game in club football, of course. But I haven’t thought about it being my biggest game in management.

‘I’m very much focused on what is in hand and what I can control.’

The Swans face west Londoners Brentford at Wembley for the final spot in the Premier League

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