Where are they now? England’s 2017 Under-20 World Cup winners

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The summer of 2017 provided plenty of optimism for English football as the Under-20 side won the World Cup, to go with success in the Toulon tournament, Under-19 European Championship and Under-17 World Cup.

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

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 remains on the books at Newcastle United, for whom he has made four senior appearances, but is currently in the midst of his fifth loan spell away from St James’ Park, establishing himself as Swansea City’s No.1 in the Championship.

Don’t be surprised to see him get a call-up to England’s senior side at some point, given Gareth Southgate is his godfather.

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.

Since then he has made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees but is spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bundesliga outfit Schalke.

Fikayo Tomori

One of the biggest success stories of this team, Tomori had warmed the bench for Brighton for much of the season prior to the World Cup but is now a regular for Chelsea and has made his senior England debut.

It’s worth remembering one of the three goals conceded by England during the competition was this stunning own goal, scored by the defender.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Another Chelsea centre-back, Clarke-Salter has not enjoyed the same ascent as Tomori – although he has captained England’s Under-21s – and is spending 2019-20 on loan at Birmingham City, having spent the previous campaign at Vitesse.

“I’d be silly to say I wouldn’t want to be in the position where I could play for Chelsea. Anyone would,” he told The Independent in September 2019. “It’s very hard to have patience at times, but you have to understand that there are world-class players at Chelsea. You learn to appreciate that.”

Kyle Walker-Peters

Walker-Peters was on the fringes of Tottenham’s first team for three seasons after enjoying glory at the Under-20s World Cup, making 24 appearances in all competitions, including the Champions League.

In January, the full-back joined Southampton on loan. He has three years remaining on his contract in north London, but Sky Sports suggest Spurs are prepared to listen to offers to sell the player when the transfer market reopens.

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.

After impressing on loan at Nottingham Forest following the tournament, Dowell has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Goodison Park and is now on loan at Wigan Athletic – his fourth loan move to the Championship.

Liverpool’s Ojo, meanwhile, is another serial loanee, and currently finds himself at Rangers.

Lewis Cook

The captain of the side and another one to progress from the U17 victory in 2014, Cook has reportedly caught the eye of Liverpool in the past, only for a serious injury to curtail his progress at Bournemouth.

He won his first, and to date only, senior cap as a substitute against Italy in 2018 and is the most experienced player of the XI, with over 150 first-team appearances for Leeds United and Bournemouth to date.

Josh Onomah

After threatening to break through at Spurs only to be loaned out to Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, Onomah joined Fulham on a permanent basis as part of the deal that saw Ryan Sessegnon move in the opposite direction.

The attacking midfielder helped Aston Villa to the play-off final in 2017-18, but it wasn’t 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.

Despite occasional moments of promise, the forward failed to establish himself on Merseyside and made the eye-catching move to RB Leipzig last summer, having previously impressed on loan at the Bundesliga outfit.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke had already agreed to join Liverpool from Chelsea when he helped England win the Under-20 World Cup, collecting the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.

Since then he has made his senior England debut and earned a £19million move to Bournemouth, only to underwhelm on the south coast as he still searched for his first Premier League goal for the club, over two years after his only top-flight strike for Liverpool.

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

England’s match-winner in the final has gone on to feature regularly for Everton, particularly shining with 15 goals in 2019-20, which is expected to earn him a place in the next senior Three Lions squad.

Maitland-Niles has shown promise at Arsenal, featuring in numerous different roles, although he has been challenged by Mikel Arteta to prove his future belongs at the Emirates.


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