England, Venezuela braced for big occasion

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first-half strike secured Under-20 World Cup glory for England as it beat Venezuela 1-0, although the Young Lions needed Freddie Woodman to secure the trophy with a late penalty save.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game, and Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman saved a second-half penalty to ensure that was enough.

England's players celebrate with the trophy on the podium after defeating Venezuela during the final match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Koreaon sunday.

Venezuela were worthy opponents, but it was England's night as they win the World Cup, the first World Cup title at any level for England since 1966.

"We've seen some of Venezuela's games and we know what a good team they are".

England's captain Lewis Cook is another looking ready to step up after making six first-team appearances for Bournemouth last term.

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Venezuela pushed hard for an equaliser early in the second half, but England almost hit on the counter attack when Josh Onomah rattled the crossbar with a powerful long-range strike. "I only conceded two goals because of those lads and every single one of them put their body on the line, we communicated well and kept the ball well".

"It is not for me to tell the clubs how to do their business".

But the former Crawley Town and Kilmarnock loanee, who also made his England Under-21s debut this season, says the award is about more than the goalkeeper as he paid tribute to his team-mates and his father Andy, a goalkeeping coach formerly with Newcastle and Crystal Palace. "We were not able to give the country the joy it wanted but people will not forget these players".

And he's backed it up with some excellent performances at the U20 World Cup, scoring four goals in England's run to the final.

But Calvert-Lewin broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the break. Ronaldo Lucena's swerving free kick from more than 30 metres (33 yards) out swerved and beat a surprised Woodman, but bounced off the post. Woodman managed to palm the shot away while diving in the opposite direction.

With 17 minutes remaining, Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot after Jake Clarke-Salter took down Penaranda in the area.

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