Evertonian winning World Cup is dream come true at any level

Four players with Nigerian blood Fikori Tomori, Dominic Solanke, Ademola Lookman and Josh Onomah all started on Sunday in Suwon as England defeated Venezuela 1-0 to win the 2017 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup in Korea, England's first-ever world title at that level, Completesportsnigeria com reports.

England were just as indebted to Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who made a superb penalty save from Adalberto Penaranda late in the second half.

But, despite the plaudits from FA president Prince William and Geoff Hurst, a hat-trick scorer in the 1966 World Cup final, a spotlight was shone on the difficulty most players will face in even securing a club match once memories of Sunday's 1-0 win over Venezuela fade.

England manager Gareth Southgate has challenged the Under-20 World Cup winners to establish themselves as regulars in the Premier League.

He added. "We really had to battle in the second-half".

"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.

It was an unbelievable save from Freddie Woodman from the penalty. Once momentum builds and as a country starts winning things, every age group starts saying "why not us". We wanted this so much, and to come back to England as part of a select few who have won the World Cup means everything. I just anticipated the keeper parrying the ball away and tried to keep my composure and managed to put it away.

They have always been earmarked for good things by the FA. I asked them what they thought they could achieve.

Four-goal striker Dominic Solanke, who will join Liverpool when his current contract with Chelsea expires on 1 July, missed out on the Golden Boot but was subsequently named ahead of Uruguayan Federico Valverde and Yangel Herrera as the victor of the tournament's Golden Ball award for best player.

Simpson's squad included seven players who have grown up together and won the European under-17 championship in 2014. "I can't believe the feeling of pride I've got and I know that's the same for the players". It's not enough. They've got talent there, and we're bringing in big-money signings meaning some of these young boys get pushed aside.

  • Julie Sanders