England win World Under-20 title with Calvert-Lewin strike

FREDDIE WOODMAN was the penalty hero as England's kids won the Under-20s World Cup.

England's 1-0 victory over Venezuela in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup final on Sunday was not only its first global title since 1966, but may mark the start of a new era for one of the game's worldwide underachievers.

But their limelight was stolen by Terry, who turned up in full kit to gatecrash the celebrations and lift the trophy. "I feel sorry for them but I'm happy", he told AFP. A recent UEFA report found that 62 percent of players in England's top tier were foreign - the highest in Europe.

England created the first real chance 10 minutes in but Dominic Solanke couldn't round off a slick one-two as he failed to get a proper connection on his shot, which fizzed wide.

Everton Academy coach David Unsworth says that watching an Everton player scoring in a World Cup final at any level is a dream come true.

He said: "That was one tough evening for us but what a feeling when that whistle went, all that hard work all coming together at the end".

Indeed, the South Americans impressed for much of the contest, pressing and probing for an equaliser as time ran out, but England held firm, digging deep and defending with everything they had to see out the win to clinch the country's first world championship since 1966. The forward beat a defender to a free kick from Lewis Cook, had his first shot saved by Venezuela keeper Wuilker Farinez but reacted quicker to the rebound. In 35 minutes, Everton Academy player Calvart-Lewin got the opportunity to repay several times in Venezuela.

Venezuela had more of the ball in the second half but England might have doubled their lead when Josh Onomah broke into the opposition half and, with no pass on, thumped a long-range shot against the bar.

The Young Lions defeating Venezuela 1-0 in the final, with Woodman making a crucial penalty save to maintain England's lead and eventual victory.

Woodman dived beyond the forward's effort - threw back a hand to deny him and clinch England's first ever title.

"If people want to jump on and label us the new golden generation then that will build the pressure up - but this group has dealt with pressure very well since we were young and it's another goal we've ticked off".

With 16 minutes left on the clock referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the penalty spot after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee, with Jake Clarke-Salter penalised for a foul.

  • Julie Sanders