— England (@England) June 11, 2017
After a 51-year absence in a final of a large scale international tournament, England were finally given a chance to win a major title, as they were against Venezuela in the U-20 World Cup’s ultimate showdown. The Three Lions managed to win their first title after a long and frustrating 66-year wait, as they beat their opponents 1-0 and became youth World Champions.
The winning side took the lead in the first half and set their ship sailing through a goal from Everton striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
However, with the stakes sky high, the match was not an easy tie to win, and it took a highly crucial penalty save from goalkeeper Freddie Woodman – the youngster who was awarded the tournament’s Golden Glove honour – to keep his team in the lead.
Adalberto Penaranda was the player who stepped up to take the spot kick, but he failed to pull back an equaliser for his country, and it eventually resulted in being their biggest chance of the match.
England win their first World Cup Final since 1966… U20 🏆 pic.twitter.com/lWIXlO9M1x
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) June 11, 2017
Both teams hit the woodwork in either half, with Ronaldo Lucena and Josh Onomah being the unlucky players to do so.
The English striker, Dominic Solanke, who is about to join Liverpool, was then awarded with the Golden Ball during the final presentation of awards. He thus, joins an illustrious list of players to receive this award at the same stage, including Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba.
With Solanke breaking into the Premier League this coming season, being part of such an esteemed list will surely give him heaps of unmatched confidence and surely propel his career towards new and positive heights.
Written by Vikram Gupta
An attacker with his words, and defends each of them with pride. A love for the game which goes hand in hand with his will to forever write. A graduate in the course of advertising and a hopeful to be author. Herrera for the win.