England beats Venezuela to lift U20 World Cup for 1st time

Wednesday, 14 Jun, 2017

England's under-20 national football team players celebrate after beating Venezuela 1-0 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, some 45 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 11, 2017.

"There have been years of preparation and planning and I can't believe I have been given the task to be head coach of this group to take through to the World Cup", added Simpson, 50, who played at the top level with the likes of Manchester City.

England won the Under-20 World Cup for the first time with victory over Venezuela on Sunday.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice at the U20 World Cup.

"In Korean football, younger players are given limited opportunities to play", said Kim Ho, general manager of Yongin Football Center.

However, 10 minutes before half time, England got their goal through Calvert-Lewin who, after initially seeing a shot from 14 yards saved by Farinez, slotted the ball under the goalkeeper from close range to leave England fans dreaming of glory.

Rashford, 19, was still eligible for the Under-20 World Cup but has already picked up nine full England caps having burst onto the scene at Old Trafford over a year ago.

A triumphant campaign for Simpson's starlets also saw Woodman awarded the Golden Glove for best keeper and Liverpool-bound Chelsea product Dominic Solanke the coveted Golden Ball for player of the tournament.

England made most of the running in the first half though Venezuela looked risky in attacking areas. Woodman managed to palm the shot away while diving in the opposite direction.

England went into the game as favourites and had the best of the opening exchanges but Venezuela almost took the lead after 25 minutes with an effort that would have gone down as one of the great World Cup final goals at any level.

The game took a dramatic turn with 16 minutes remaining as Venezuela were awarded a penalty but Freddie Woodman proved the hero, thwarting Adalberto Penaranda's spot-kick to hand England victory... and the long-awaited trophy. It's a feeling I can't really describe. His work-rate stood out and when England needed someone to drop deep and do the dirty work to defend the one-goal advantage, he was ready to put in the effort.

After the break, Woodman did well to come off his line and foil Sergio Cordova after a superb pass from substitute Yeferson Soteldo.

Meanwhile, the BBC has defended its coverage of England's World Cup victory after failing to show the trophy presentation on BBC2, insisting that nearly the entire British population could witness the celebrations via the BBC red button.

Venezuela by now were pouring forward and their pressure appeared to have 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.

"Thankfully Freddie saved the penalty".