Former Leeds United star Cook leads England to Cup glory

Venezuela's Angel Herrera, right, and England's Lewis Cook battle for the ball during the final of the FIFA U-20s World Cup.
Venezuela's Angel Herrera, right, and England's Lewis Cook battle for the ball during the final of the FIFA U-20s World Cup.
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Former Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook captained England to a memorable victory against Venezuela in the final of the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.

Paul Simpson’s Young Lions were the first England side to reach a world showpiece for over half a century and they followed in the footsteps of Sir Alf Ramsey’s team, who lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966.

England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saves a penalty during the Under-20s World Cup final against Venezuela.

England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saves a penalty during the Under-20s World Cup final against Venezuela.

Everton’s Dominix Calvert-Lewin scored the game’s only goal after 35 minutes while a second-half penalty save from Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman preserved England’s 1-0 lead and ensured they became world champions.

After a slow start the game was lit up by an audacious long-range effort after 16 minutes from Ronaldo Lucena, whose swerving, dipping free-kick from all of 40 yards clipped the outside of a post.

Ademola Lookman brought a decent save from Wuilker Farinez before Calvert-Lewin wrote his name into the history books with what proved to be the winning goal. The Everton forward contested a long, diagonal ball behind the Venezuela defence and saw his initial effort well saved before tapping home the rebound from close range.

Another free-kick brought another moment of panic for England just before half-time as Adalberto Penaranda curled an effort narrowly wide.

Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah saw a 30-yard effort strike the underside of the Venezuela crossbar early in the second half as England pushed for a second goal.

However, the South Americans were becoming increasing more dangerous and were given a golden opportunity to get back into the match when Penaranda went down following a clash of knees with Jake Clarke-Salter.

With 17 minutes to play, the referee pointed to the spot before immediately referring the decision to the video assistant referee. The penalty award stood but Woodman’s strong palm kept out Penaranda’s spot-kick, despite diving the wrong way.

A frantic finale saw England hang on to lift the trophy, surpassing their previous best at the Under-20 World Cup which was a third place finish in 1993.

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