The England U20 side yesterday reached the final of the U-20 World Cup for the first time, by coming from behind to beat Italy 3-1 with all England’s goals coming in the second half and in the final 24 minutes of the game.
The former Newcastle assistant coach under Steven McClaren – Paul Simpson – is the England manager and England are reported to have completely dominated the second half with new Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke scoring two goals on 66 and 88 minutes.
Everton’s Ademola Lookman got England’s second goal after 77 minutes.
England U20 players celebrate goal
England will now play Venezuela in Sunday’s final with the KO being 11:00 BST, with the finals taking place in South Korea.
Italy had taken a very early lead after only two minutes when Juventus winger Riccardo Orsolini beat Newcastle’s goalkeeper Woodman from inside the penalty area.
England were still 1-0 down at the interval but came storming back to easily win the game and qualify for Sunday’s final.
This is what Former England striker Gary Lineker after the game:
“Great stuff from England U-20s, reaching the World Cup final. The future brightens.”
Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman played the whole game and young striker Adam Armstrong was on the bench, but didn’t get on in this game.
England: 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 5 Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), 6 Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), 14 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur); 4 Lewis Cook (capt; Bournemouth), 8 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal); 11 Ademola Lookman (Everton), 10 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), 18 Kieran Dowell (Everton); 16 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Substitutes: 19 Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) for Dowell 54, 12 Ezri Konsa (Charlton Athletic) for Lookman 90+2
Substitutes not used: 13 Dean Henderson (Manchester United), 21 Luke Southwood (Reading), 3 Callum Connolly (Everton), 9 Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United), 15 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 17 Harry Chapman (Middlesbrough), 20 Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool)
Goals: Solanke 66, 88, Lookman 77
Italy: 12 Andrea Zaccagno, 2 Giuseppe Scalera, 3 Federico Dimarco, 5 Filippo Romagna, 6 Mauro Coppolaro, 15 Mattia Vitale; 7 Riccardo Orsolini, 8 Rolando Mandragora (capt), 11 Matteo Pessina; 9 Andrea Favilli, 17 Giuseppe Panico
Substitutes: 18 Paolo Ghiglione for Panico 69, 10 Luca Vido for Vitale 78, 20 Alfredo Bifulco for Scalera 87
Substitutes not used: 1 Alessandro Plizzari, 21 Samuele Perisan, 13 Leonardo Sernicola, 16 Francesco Cassata, 19 Ricardo Marchizza
Goals: Orsolini 2