Steve Cooper claims his World Cup victory with England U17 gives Swansea an edge over Brentford

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

  • Swansea will face Brentford in the Championship Play-Off final on Saturday 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 in 2017
  • Cooper insists Saturday’s final will be his biggest game ever in club management

Steve Cooper believes that as England’s World Cup winner, Swansea will seal a return to the Premier League.

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

And the 41-year-old Welshman admits that leading players like English starlets Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi to under-17 World Cup success in 2017 can only add to Swansea’s promotional ambitions.

Steve Cooper (right) believes that by winning a World Cup winner, Swansea will win the playoffs

Cooper (right) was the brain of England's Under-17 squad to a World Cup victory in 2017

Cooper (right) was the brain of England’s Under-17 squad to a World Cup victory in 2017

“I think all the great experiences help and give you something to think about,” Cooper said, estimating what England’s first World Cup triumph was in any age bracket since 1966.

‘It’s the same in some ways, and it’s different in others. It is, of course, my biggest game in club football. But I didn’t think it would be my biggest game in management.

“I’m very focused on what’s in hand and what I can control.”

The Swans take on West London Brentford at Wembley for the last place in the Premier League

The Swans take on West London Brentford at Wembley for the last place in the Premier League

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