England win U20 World Cup after 1-0 win over Venezuela

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Freddie Woodman grabbed the headlines in a team of heroes as England won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup by beating Venezuela 1-0 in South Korea.

He was aided by the efforts of goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in the second-half, as he saved a late penalty, but one composed finish proved to be enough.

It ends decades of English underachievement on the global stage since winning the senior World Cup 51 years ago on home soil.

"We're into the World Cup final and we're all over the moon", the 20-year-old told the FA's website.

The only goal of the match, played at the Suwon World Cup Stadium here, carried the signature of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin 34 minutes into the game.

There were extra celebrations as England striker Dominic Solanke, who is newly signed for Liverpool from Chelsea, was awarded the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.

The Duke of Cambridge, the president of the Football Association, added: "Huge congratulations to England on winning the U20 World Cup - high hopes for the future of English football!"

"We knew when we came to Korea that we had a chance if we played like we knew we could", England coach Paul Simpson said.

The match kicked off at 11am (UK time), 7pm in South Korea, and has just ended.

With the World Cup in Russian Federation fast approaching next summer, it should give the senior players a major lift with many of them taking to Twitter to congratulate the players for their triumph. Woodman managed to palm Penaranda's penalty away while diving in the opposite direction to ensure England lifted the cup.

"I have had a taste of it last season with Everton and I just want to show I am capable of playing regularly next season".

With 17 minutes remaining and Venezuela increasingly pushing forward, referee Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands pointed to the spot after Jake Clarke-Salter took down Penaranda in the area despite English protests.

Joshua Onomah nearly doubled the lead but his shot came back off the crossbar and in the end one goal was enough.

  • Leroy Wright