So, England won the World Cup again for the first time since 1966, but don’t get too excited or you could do so if you so wish, since it was the England U20 team that won in the final of the Youth World Cup, which surely now promises this much talked about “Golden Generation” to flourish in the coming years.
The stage was set in the final in South Korea between England U20 vs. Venezuela’s U20 team, to battle it out for the coveted Golden World Cup trophy and the young Three Lions didn’t disappoint, after a wonderful performance throughout the tournament and here we bring you all the games and scorers leading up until the final.
The Three Lions Route to the Final
Argentina 0-3 England (Calvert-Lewin, Armstrong, Solanke)
England (Cook) 1-1 Guinea (Tomori OG)
England (Dowell) 1-0 South Korea
The standout performer for the England squad was most definitely Dominic Solanke who later picked up the Golden Ball Award for the Tournaments best player, following in the footsteps of Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona as previous winners, who is contracted to Chelsea but has been out on loan in the Netherlands for Vitesse Arnheim before, and then later plying his trade in the Chelsea Reserves and U23 squad. However, now he is rumoured to be moving to arch rivals Liverpool in the summer transfer window after agreeing to let his contract run out and join the Reds on July 1st. Clearly, Jurgen Klopp knows a star when he see one and that’s a good bit of business for the Merseyside outfit, expected to land him on a Free transfer, but they are now being accused of tapping up the transfer illegally, since Antonio Conte is now irate at letting the starlet leave for free. So, it is now thought that the move may go to a tribunal, after Antonio Conte is experiencing some major sour grapes about it.
Anyway, back to the Youth World Cup now and in the knock-out rounds, this is what England did to reach the final:
England (Lookman (2)) 2-1 Costa Rica
Mexico 0-1 England (Solanke)
Italy (Orsolini) 1-3 England (Solanke (2), Lookman)
As you can see by playing in the number 10 role, Dominic Solanke picked up four goals on route to the final, which we now bring you Highlights in Spanish, just to rub it in the faces of Venezuela, even more so. Come on England! (Throws Pint Glass Against the Wall!)
It was the other standout performer, also named Dominic, striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin this time, who scored the winner to bring England its first International trophy since 1966, with a 1-0 victory. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Admeola Lookman (other standout youngster) both play for Everton and Ronald Koeman likes to give them the first time experience, unlike Antonio Conte at Chelsea, so no wonder Dominic Solanke is seeking to join the Kop, away from the Bridge.
So, now England manager Gareth Southgate and people like Gary Lineker cannot hide their joy at the fact that England actually won something and we’d have to join them in celebrations here at Brainstain, because surely this spells the end for making excuses about England’s shortcomings and perhaps in the near future, the Three Lions will become that dominant force in future World Cup’s, that we all know that they should already be. So, a big congratulations to all the boys on their World Cup win from all of us here at Brainstain…
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