Calvert-Lewin Fires England To World Cup Glory

by Mike Taylor

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted the only goal of the game as England Under-20s defeated Venezuela 1-0 to win the World Cup.

The Blues forward landed the all-important blow in the 35th minute, tucking home a left-footed shot at the near post after seeing his initial shot saved, to become the first England player since Geoff Hurst to score in a World Cup final.

It caps a remarkable 12 months for Calvert-Lewin, who joined Everton from Sheffield United last summer, helping the Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title, as well as making 11 first-team outings and scoring his maiden Premier League goal during his first year at Goodison Park.

Three other Everton players also made their mark on an entertaining final in Suwon, South Korea, with Kieran Dowell, Ademola Lookman and Jonjoe Kenny again impressing for Paul Simpson’s triumphant side.

Callum Connolly, who played his part in the group stages, was named in the matchday squad but was not called upon from the bench.

England had overcome Argentina, South Korea, Costa Rica, Mexico and Italy heading into Sunday’s showdown with Venezuela.

Lookman created the first meaningful chance by himself and forced a smart save from goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez with a well-struck effort from the edge of the penalty area.

But the South Americans were threatening, too, and nearly opened the scoring when Ronaldo Lucena’s stunning 45-yard free-kick cannoned back off the post.

Calvert-Lewin’s determination and persistence was then rewarded when he challenged for a cross before firing the Young Lions into the lead at the second time of asking.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah came close to doubling the advantage in the second half, but his thunderous strike from 30 yards out rattled the underside of the crossbar and was forced away from danger.

England then had Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to thank when, with 18 minutes remaining, the 20-year-old custodian saved Adalberto Peñaranda’s penalty to ensure the world crown.

There were jubilant scenes at the full-time whistle, with Club teammates Kenny, Dowell, Lookman and Connolly first to mob hero-of-the-day Calvert-Lewin.

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