Liverpool-bound Dominic Solanke wins Under-20 World Cup Golden Ball

His powerful first-time shot was pushed out by goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez but the Everton forward pounced to drive in the loose ball.

Venezuela, in their first ever FIFA World Cup final, had a 75 minute penalty saved in the second half that would have levelled the game.

"Congratulations to England U20's who are World Cup winners".

Venezuela took control after half-time as England defended deep and tried to hit on the counter.

The victory was England's first on the world stage since that famous World Cup Final victory over Germany in 1966 and with keeper Woodman having failed to make his senior Newcastle United debut so far, the player now needs a greater platform to display his talents.

He said: "This is part of the development in us trying to create football players who are capable of being successful at senior tournaments and hopefully this will go a long way to helping us achieve that".

At the third-place decider held earlier Sunday at the same venue, Italy beat Uruguay 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw.

They had the lion's share of the chances in South Korea - Josh Onomah hitting the crossbar.

After the match, England forward Dominic Solanke, due to join Liverpool from Chelsea on July 1, was awarded the Golden Ball given to the player of the tournament.

Woodman was awarded the Golden Glove, given to best goalkeeper of the tournament.

"It is hard to put into words what that feeling was like when the referee blew the final whistle".

England still had an attacking threat and Josh Onomah nearly gave them a two-goal cushion when he ran unopposed to shoot from distance, only to see his shot cannon back off the crossbar.

"I am not sure what will happen at Newcastle", Woodman told The Daily Telegraph, having denied Adalberto Peñaranda from the spot in the second-half of the historic victory in Japan.

Venezuela's increasing pressure finally paid off when Penaranda was brought down by Jake Clarke-Salter and the referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot, with his decision confirmed by video review.

  • Salvatore Jensen


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