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England won the Under-20 World Cup, the country's first world title at any level since 1966, after a 35th-minute goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave them a 1-0 victory over Venezuela on Sunday.

A first-half strike from Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin proved enough for victory in Suwon, South Korea - although Paul Simpson's team needed a late penalty save from Freddie Woodman to claim the trophy.

Lowe was a key part of the England Under-20s squad as they secured Four Nations glory in France in March. Ultimately the aim is those players come through to the seniors.

Sir Geoff Hurst, whose hat-trick helped England beat West Germany to win the World Cup at Wembley 51 years ago, was quick to congratulate the Young Lions.

He would go on to score against Hull City and play in a Merseyside derby, but this experience tops everything in his fledgling career and the striker could barely put into words how he was feeling.

Dominic Solanke came close early on, but could only find the feet of goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez from an angle.

Venezuela, who have never qualified for the senior World Cup, were also making their first final appearance and took time to settle until Ronaldo Lucena's stunning free-kick hit the post in the 24th minute from 40 metres. But by winning the U20 World Cup, England have shown their future to be bright.

While many members of the victorious England U20 squad found game time hard to come by at club level this season, that wasn't the case with Calvert-Lewin, who made eleven Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring once.

England started the final as clear favourites against a Venezuela side who had exceeded expectations in the tournament. The first was a one-on-one opportunity for Sergio Cordova created by Yeferson Soteldo, and the second from the penalty spot from Adalberto Penaranda.

Venezuela's increasing pressure finally paid off when Penaranda was brought down by Jake Clarke-Salter and the referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot, with his decision confirmed by video review.

England then nearly extended its lead out of nowhere.

England manager Gareth Southgate has challenged the Under-20 World Cup winners to establish themselves as regulars in the Premier League.

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