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Newcastle Youngsters Help England U20 Reach European Final For First Time

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

6 comments so far

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Re-post again as Ed is firing out the articles today!


    I thought that was the case, but that the same every transfer window for us.
    Big hype for a few days then all the sudden nothing, doesn’t really bother me though, I’m used to it at this point.

    Talking about players we were linked with, I would love to see that Ryad Boudebouz in black and white.

  • giimps

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Game changed when Sheyi Ojo came on, he ran the Italians ragged and showed what he’s about .
    The Italian keeper (who has had a decent tournament by all accounts ) made a couple of mistakes on Solankes goals but you have to be in it to win it, he was in the right place at the right time to have the shot

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Lee Ryder:-

    Eibar sporting director Fran Garagarza on Lejeune: “We are worried that Newcastle are taking very strong steps.” #nufc

  • one fine day

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron knee,
    Do we translate that as “penfold is taking the pi@s with the offer or refusing to budge with sell on percentages etc ” ?

  • Jib

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    May has the NUFC effect
    Found it hard to cross the line

  • one fine day

    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully all this is smokescreen stuff and Rafa is quietly going about his wizardry behind the scenes.
    Funny under pardue I always imagined the conversations more along the lines of ” how do we make them believe we are trying to give a shit of getting above 15 th .?”


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