Quite a while now, English football has sunken into the depths of failed performances in major tournaments. But it seems that change is in the air.
On Sunday, England shocked the football nation for winning the World Championship U-20 Cup. The team headed into duel against title contender Venezuela, which fruitfully ended in 1-0 win of the visitors. Since 1996, it was the first male division triumph on the international stage.
Manager Paul Simpson hopes that his team’s triumph in South Korea can pave the way for success at senior level as a direct result of the recent battle.
“I hope it has a positive impact on English football,” Simpson disclosed. “I do not really need to know what is going to come but it is part of the development that we are trying to create football players who are capable of being successful at senior tournaments and hopefully this will go a long way to achieving that. I honestly don’t know what it means for English football. But for Under-20’s it means everything. This is what we have worked so hard for,” England manager furthered.
Several figures appeared to have impressed in South Korea. Match-winner in the final, Dominic Calvert-Lewin tops the list. Along with him is Ademola Lookman who enjoyed good early development under Ronald Koeman at Everton. Freddie Woodman also performed with brilliance for a saved penalty. And Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke manifested his ambitions well in the game though he wasn’t able to make mark on the score sheet.
On a different note, with the new victory served up by the team, pool betting enthusiasts have a reason to place bets on England even more.
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