England U20 gives nation 1st world title in 51 years
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 22:14
"To be the champions of the world is unbelievable, it's a great achievement for the lads here and for the country and hopefully we've done a lot of people proud", said Woodman, who went on to reveal that the squad had been targeting the World Cup since their qualification was first secured at the U19 Euro Finals last July.
However, the South Americans were becoming increasingly more unsafe and were given a golden opportunity to get back into the match when Penaranda went down following a clash of knees with Jake Clarke-Salter.
"We set goals at the beginning of the tournament and previous year, as soon as we had qualified, which seems like a long time ago, we wanted to come here and win it".
The Everton forward contested a long, diagonal ball behind the Venezuela defence and saw his initial effort well saved before tapping home the rebound from close range. There's a real unity about the England set up.
Of the team who reached the semi-finals in the 1993 edition of the Under-20 competition, only Manchester United's Nicky Butt went on to win a senior cap.
The key to Paul Simpson's side now progressing will surely be regular exposure to Premier League football, and it will be interesting to see how many members of the squad gain additional playing time in the 2017-18 season.
As well as picking up a World Cup winner's medal, the young Newcastle keeper has also been awarded the "Golden Glove", for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
Lookman burst onto the scene for Everton on his debut by scoring in a victory against Manchester City in January, and he sprinkles the magic dust over this England U20 side.
Solanke netted four goals for Paul Simpson's side in the tournament, including the match victor in a quarter-final clash with Mexico and a brace in a semi-final victory over Italy. On another day that could have hit my hand and gone in. He has started once and come off the bench twice for Simpson's men in this tournament.
Academy graduate Konsa signed a new three-year contract at Charlton in March, but will no doubt be linked with a move elsewhere in the coming year after impressing in League One last term.
Captain Lewis Cook of England lifts the trophy in victory with team-mates.