Newcastle keeper and England U20 hero Woodman admits future's in doubt
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 22:41
Gareth Southgate says the England Under-20 team have set the standard for the national set-up after their World Cup triumph.
Adalberto Penaranda then missed a spot kick for Venezuela in the 74th minute and England held firm in a nervy finish to be crowned world champions at Under-20 level for the first time.
Skilful midfielder Yerferson Soltedo who came off the bench in the second half nearly produced an assist for Venezuela but his fantastic pass to Sergio Cordoba was saved. The debate over the development of youth players in England has been around their lack of opportunity when it comes to getting into Premier League first teams.
In an entertaining game that saw both sides hit the post, Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the decisive goal in the 34th minute after winning the ball in the air and scoring left footed with his second attempt.
An Everton side including Kenny, Calvert-Lewin and Dowell won the inaugural PL2 competition for under-23 players, created to bridge the gap from academy football to the first team. "We were not able to give the country the joy it wanted but people will not forget these players". Having seen Ronaldo Lucena hit the post in the first half from 35 yards, he tried his luck from similar range and his rocket nearly sent jaws dropping to the floor. 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.
England then nearly extended its lead out of nowhere. Josh Onomah's shot from well outside the area hit the crossbar before bouncing onto the goal-line and out.
With 17 minutes to play, the referee pointed to the spot before immediately referring the decision to the video assistant referee. I just anticipated the keeper parrying the ball away and tried to keep my composure and managed to put it away.