Sunday has seen England appear in their first World Cup final, at any level, since 1966.

After a wait of 51 years, an England side reached the final of the Under 20 World Cup in South Korea.

Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman put in yet another inspirational performance on Thursday against Italy, his display helping to send England into today’s final.

The final was shown live on BBC2 as the broadcaster recognised the achievement and altering their schedules.

The match kicked off at 11am (UK time), 7pm in South Korea, and has just ended.

It is glory for England and Newcastle pair Freddie Woodman & Adam Armstrong.

The Newcastle striker had played his part in the qualification period and in South Korea on the route to this World Cup Final – but had to be content with watching from the bench.

On the other hand, Freddie Woodman was England’s hero, as his superb penalty save in 74 minutes kept England’s one goal lead intact and ended up being the difference in lifting the trophy.

The Newcastle keeper dived to his right as Venezuela’s Adalberto Penaranda struck his shot confidently down the middle, Woodman somehow getting a trailing hand to the ball, strong enough to divert it away from goal and potential easy follow up.

On 25 minutes a brilliant free-kick from fully 35+ yards by Ronaldo Lucena  came back off the post with Freddie Woodman beaten but that was a rare scare as England were on top, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin then putting the Young Lions in a deserved lead on 35 minutes.

Joshua Onomah almost doubled the lead but his shot came back off the crossbar and in the end one goal was enough.

Seven long minutes of injury time were played, during which Woodman had to be treated for an injury, but was able to carry on and be on the pitch when the final whistle blew, confirming England as World Cup winners!!!

Quarter-Finals:

Venezuela 2 USA 1

Portugal 2 Uruguay 2 (Uruguay won 5-4 on penalties)

Italy 3 Zambia 2 (after extra time)

Mexico 0 England 1

Semi-Finals:

Venezuela 1 Uruguay 1 (Venezuela won in penalty shoot out)

England 3 Italy 1

3rd/4th Place Play-Off

Sunday 11 June

Uruguay 0 Italy 0 (Italy won 3-1 on penalties)

Final

Sunday 11 June

England 1 Venezuela 0

England Matches so far:

Group games:

England 3 Argentina 0

England 1 Guinea 1

England 1 South Korea 0

Last 16:

England 2 Costa Rica 1

Quarter-Finals

England 1 Mexico 0

Semi-Final

England 3 Italy 1

Final

England 1 Venezuela 0



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Top class display from England & Freddie was exceptional in goal
    Well done Lads

  • David Miller

    Good game, got a little hairy at the end but well deserved win. Great save as well.

  • paul mclaughlan

    Probably should promote the lot of them to the full England squad. They’d do a lot better than the first teamers.

  • Jimblag23

    It would signal that Armstrong isn’t particularly brilliant as he wasn’t given any playing time today.

    • Kev-82

      1-0 up in a World Cup final with the other team coming at you, you’d be a bit mad to bring an attacker off the bench.

  • Kev-82

    I hope Rafa has a plan in place that doesn’t mean Woodman ends up having to leave for 1st team football in a year or 2. He’s still raw and I think it’s too early for him now but I worry with the links for a new keeper we’ll end up losing him as we did Forster if he gets pushed further down the line.

  • Albert Stubbins

    watched the save and found myself jumping around the living room like a madman!!! well done to the whole team but especially Freddie- the kid looks awesome and Armstrong played his part in the earlier rounds- both lads have done their country proud!!