England are U20 World champions after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal decided a dramatic final in Suwon.
In a first half the Young Lions edged, Calvert-Lewin notched 10 minutes before the interval.
After the break Venezuela were much-improved and Adalberto Penaranda earned a penalty, but he was denied by Freddie Woodman from 12 yards as the Young Lions held on for an historic victory.
- FIFA U20 World Cup
- Sunday 11 June 2017
- Suwon World Cup Stadium, Korea
Never before had England reached the final of this tournament, in fact they had not won a game in this format since 1997.
But coach Paul Simpson has said throughout his squad’s stay in Korea he wanted to “change perceptions” and England have done just that, reaching the final with victories over Argentina, Italy and hosts Korea along the way.
In Venezuela they came up against a team who have been just as impressive in their half of the draw.
But England were on the front foot from the off, typified by a brilliant driving run from Josh Onomah, back at the heart of midfield having missed the semi-final through suspension, who drove through the centre of the pitch, laid off a pass to Dominic Solanke who dragged a shot wide.