England’s U20 World Cup win: Revisiting the squad nine months on

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England’s Under-20s were represented by players from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham as they lifted the World Cup in the summer – but what have they done since?

They became the first England side to win the World Cup since Bobby Moore lifted the trophy in 1966, beating Venezuela 1-0 in the final in South Korea.

The players were tipped for big things, especially given six of the squad were also part of the team that lifted the Under-17 European Championship three years earlier.

A number of Keith Downing’s side were touted for potential Premier League starting berths ahead of this season, and some have gone on to do just that, while some are proving their talent on loan in the Championship.

We’ve taken a look at the team that played in the final to see how well they are each progressing following the historic win.

Freddie Woodman

England’s penalty-saving hero has gone on to make his Newcastle debut, starting in goal in their FA Cup third-round victory over Luton.

He has since joined Aberdeen on loan – despite rumoured interest from Celtic – and has kept one clean sheet in his four appearances so far.

Jonjoe Kenny

One of the winners of the 2014 Under-17 European Championship, Kenny had made just two end-of-season substitute appearances in the Premier League before the World Cup.

However, impressive displays as he played every match on the way to lifting the trophy saw him propelled into the Everton first team, making 14 Premier League appearances and 20 across all competitions.

Despite making three under-21 appearances since the tournament, Kenny is in fact still also eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level.

Fikayo Tomori

Having warmed the bench for Brighton for much of the season prior to the World Cup, Tomori is now a regular in the Championship on loan at Hull.

Another with multiple options, the centre-back actually captained Canada’s U20s to a victory over England before switching allegiances. He is also eligible to play for Nigeria.

One of the three goals conceded by England during the competition was this stunning own goal, scored by Tomori.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Earning high praise from the likes of John Terry, Clarke-Salter signed a new four-year contract at Chelsea in the summer, and the club rejected a number of loan offers before he made his debut in the League Cup.

He eventually joined Sunderland on loan in January and made three appearances before getting sent off in their recent derby clash with Middlesbrough.

Kyle Walker-Peters

It certainly feels like Walker-Peters has played more first team games for Spurs, but his maiden goal for the club in the FA Cup drubbing of Rochdale came in just his eighth competitive appearance for the north Londoners.

In fact he hasn’t played in the Premier League since a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield in September – though the form of Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies has something to do with that.

Kieran Dowell (Sheyi Ojo, 62)

Another of the six squad members who also won the European U17 Championship in 2014, and another of five Everton players in the World Cup-winning squad.

Dowell has gone on to excel while on loan at Nottingham Forest, scoring 10 goals from midfield in 32 appearances in all competitions – including one in the FA Cup against Arsenal.

Liverpool’s Ojo, meanwhile, is currently impressing on loan at Fulham, with four goals in 17 Championship appearances, having made 13 appearances for the Reds prior to the tournament.

Lewis Cook

The captain of the side and another one to progress from the U17 victory in 2014, Cook is by far the most experienced of the bunch.

Despite just turning 21, he has made over 100 league appearances for Leeds and Bournemouth, and earned his first full international call-up in November for the friendly against Brazil.

Josh Onomah

Onomah has made 31 appearances for Aston Villa this season as he spends some time on loan away from Spurs.

He had made 32 appearances in all competitions for Spurs’ first team before the U20 World Cup, but it won’t be enough to make Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror’s 2014 prediction come true.

READ: Revisiting the 2014 BBC prediction of England’s 2018 World Cup line-up

Ademola Lookman

Having already made 49 appearances for Charlton, Lookman joined Everton in January 2017 just three months after turning 19.

He made 16 appearances in all competitions this season before going against Sam Allardyce’s wish for him to move on loan to the Championship as he forced through a temporary move to RB Leipzig in Germany, where he has since scored one goal in four appearances.

Dominic Solanke

There was much clamour over who would win the race to sign Solanke, who was out of contract in the summer of 2017. The striker chose Liverpool, where he is yet to score in 19 appearances – though just four of those have been starts.

However, he has made his full international debut, almost scoring a last minute winner having come on as a substitute against Brazil in November.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 76)

England’s match-winner has gone on to feature regularly for Everton, making 25 Premier League appearances and scoring eight goals in all competitions this season.

Maitland-Niles has also broken into the Arsenal first team, making 20 appearances in all competitions and playing in a variety of positions from central midfield to left wing-back.


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