England defeats Venezuela to win U20 World Cup

Gareth Southgate believes players in England teams at every level will feel they can win major tournaments after the Under-20 side's triumph at the World Cup.

Although England hosts the world's richest soccer competition - the Premier League - playing time for young homegrown players like Calvert-Lewin can be limited as the their places in teams are taken by imported players.

England were ahead 10 minutes before the break as Calvert-Lewin rose high to keep a diagonal free-kick alive, and after his right-footed effort was saved well, the 20-year-old followed up to finish with his left from six yards.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored England's goal in the first half.

An England side are in the final of a World Cup.

Venezuela, which has never qualified for the senior World Cup, had the first chance when Ronaldo Lucena's free kick hit the post.

Calvert-Lewin saw his header saved by Farinez in the 32nd, but was able to find the back of the net two minutes later.

It is the biggest global tournament in youth football and already, England has started dreaming of winning the bigger World Cup trophy with these set of players soon.

Away from that incident, a huge congratulations to England who are now celebrating their first World Cup triumph.

It was an unbelievable save from Freddie Woodman from the penalty. The one failure to win was a 1-1 draw with Guinea in the group stage, when England threw away the points with a freak own goal from near the centre circle.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Josh Onomah, who was outstanding throughout, hit the bar with a powerful long-range effort after bursting through from midfield, but England then had a real scare at the other end.

England had the better of the early stages before Ronaldo Lucena's long-range effort almost gave Venezuela the lead as his strike cannoned back into play off the crossbar, with Woodman well beaten.

Penaranda should have levelled the scoring when referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot after Jake Clarke-Salter had brought down the Venezuela star inside the area, the official using video technology to confirm the awarding of the penalty.

Woodman proved to be England's hero, however, with the Newcastle 'keeper making a brilliant one-handed stop from Adalberto Penaranda.

Solanke, 19, scored four goals to help England clinch glory in South Korea, with Paul Simpson's side beating Venezuela 1-0 in the final on Sunday.

  • Julie Sanders