England defeats Venezuela to win U20 World Cup

England's player celebrate after defeating Venezuela during the final match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017

England's player celebrate after defeating Venezuela during the final match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first-half goal was enough for a hard fought victory.

Calvert-Lewin broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the break.

Solanke found Everton forward Lookman with a handsome pass in the 22nd minute but his rasping shot only won the English team a corner as Venuezeula goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez pushed the ball out.

Adalberto Penaranda then stepped up to try to score an equalizer for Venezuela, but his effort in the 39th and curling free kick in the 42nd were off target.

After the break, Woodman did well to come off his line and foil Sergio Cordova after a superb pass from substitute Yeferson Soteldo. Herrera's header in the 55th also went straight to the Newcastle United goalkeeper.

England had the better of the early stages before Ronaldo Lucena's long-range effort almost gave Venezuela the lead as his strike cannoned back into play off the crossbar, with Woodman well beaten.

With 17 minutes to play, the referee pointed to the spot before immediately referring the decision to the video assistant referee.

But Woodman produced a brilliant one-handed save to keep out Penaranda's spot-kick.

Venezuela, making their only second U-20 World Cup appearance, pushed forward to get the equalizer, but time was running out.

Waves of pressure came on England as the minutes ticked away.

England manager Paul Simpson named an unchanged side against Venezuela, who had got past the likes of Germany and Uruguay to reach the final in South Korea.

"We're very happy. Ecstatic, actually", said David La Boon from England, as he emerged from the packed stadium after the match, surrounded by jubilant fans wearing England shirts.

Everton's Ademola Lookman forced a fine stop from Farinez later in the half, before Lucena hit the post from the edge of the centre-circle in England's half with a free-kick that swerved horribly for goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

It is the biggest global tournament in youth football and already, England has started dreaming of winning the bigger World Cup trophy with these set of players soon.

As reported by The Telegraph, the 19-year-old will complete his move to Anfield this summer after his contract expires at Chelsea, although his focus has been on the U20 World Cup.

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