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Triumphant England win U-20 World Cup

Published: Sunday 11 June 2017, 15.39CET
A first-half goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin proved enough for England to beat Venezuela in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final and claim their first global title since 1966.
Triumphant England win U-20 World Cup
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Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each progress.

Elite round
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 26 qualifiers join the top two seeds, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.

Final tournament

The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

Published: Sunday 11 June 2017, 15.39CET

Triumphant England win U-20 World Cup

A first-half goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin proved enough for England to beat Venezuela in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final and claim their first global title since 1966.

England won the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time by beating Venezuela 1-0, claiming their first global title at any level since 1966.

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. The Newcastle goalkeeper brilliantly blocked Adalberto Peñaranda's spot kick after the Venezuela forward, who plays his club football for Spanish side Málaga, had been fouled by Kyle Walker-Peters.

"This is the reward for some incredible work, some incredible sacrifices that they've had to make," said Simpson. "After the semi-final I said there couldn't be a prouder Englishman anywhere in the world, but I've topped that today. I can't believe the feeling of pride I've got and I know that's the same for the players.

"I don't think you can get a better feeling than when the referee blew the final whistle to know we were world champions. We've waited 51 years to say that as an England team. It's an incredible feeling and I don't think it will ever go away."

Italy, who England beat 3-1 in the semi-finals, defeated Uruguay on penalties to finish third.

Last updated: 11/06/17 19.04CET

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