England beats Venezuela 1-0 to win U20 World Cup

The match was evenly contested throughout, with both sides hitting the woodwork, but it was England's evening in the end, as the Young Lions held on to become U-20 World Cup champions for the first time.

England have won their biggest global trophy in 51 years after beating Venezuela 1-0 in the final of the Under-20s World Cup in South Korea.

The Everton striker added his name to those of Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters in 1966 as a player to score for England in a World Cup final.

"It's what you dream of as a kid, playing for your country and winning a World Cup", Calvert-Lewin said.

"Words can't describe right now what I'm feeling, I'm just trying to take it all in", Calvert-Lewin said, according to the Federation Internationale de Football Association website.

Four-goal striker Dominic Solanke, who will join Liverpool when his current contract with Chelsea expires on 1 July, missed out on the Golden Boot but was subsequently named ahead of Uruguayan Federico Valverde and Yangel Herrera as the victor of the tournament's Golden Ball award for best player.

The Liverpool forward appeared as a 61st minute substitute at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in South Korea and was a lively figure on the flank.

England had the better of the early exchanges with Solanke forcing a save from Wuilker Farinez and seeing a long-range effort go wide in the opening quarter of an hour.

Calvert-Lewin had already come close with a header when he scored what proved to be the victor in the 35th minute.

The striker rose to beat Nahuel Ferraresi to high ball on the edge of the box and as the ball dropped his right-foot shot was parried by Farinez. The penalty award stood but Woodman's strong palm kept out Penaranda's spot-kick, despite diving the wrong way. Josh Onomah's shot from well outside the area hit the crossbar before bouncing onto the goal line and away to safety.

Impressive Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, godson of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, later produced a superb save to deny Watford's Adalberto Penaranda from 12 yards after Jake Clarke-Salter had fouled the tricky Malaga loanee and Bjorn Kuipers' penalty decision was supported by the video assistant referee (VAR).

  • Julie Sanders