FOR the first time in 51 years an England men’s side have a team in a World Cup final, following a brilliant performance by Paul Simpson’s Under 20 side.
They won yesterday in Jeonju after Dominic Solanke’s double and Ademola Lookman’s goal fired them into Sunday’s final, where they will face Venezuela, who beat Uruguay on penalties earlier on today.
Paul Simpson’s side dominated the second half with new Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke scoring twice through a calm equaliser and a long-range strike.
Everton’s Ademola Lookman netted the second, tucking home a finish from six yards out on 77 minutes.
England will play Venezuela, who beat Uruguay, in Sunday’s final in South Korea (kick-off 11:00 BST).
Italy had taken the lead within the first two minutes when Juventus winger Riccardo Orsolini slotted home from inside the area.
But England created chance after chance in the second half to become the nation’s first men’s team to reach any World Cup final since the senior side in 1966.
England finished top of their group, which included a thumping 3-0 win over six-time champions Argentina.
Manager Simpson had told BBC Sport before the match that reaching the final would be ‘massive’ and their approach and style of play is ‘changing everyone’s perception of English football’.
The scoreline could have been even more emphatic but Solanke flicked a header wide and forced Italy goalkeeper Andrea Zaccagno into a fine save, while Shinji Ojo struck the outside of the post with a curled effort.
ITALY U20: Zaccagno, Scarlera, Dimarco, Romagna, Coppolaro, Orsolini, Mandragora, Pessina, Vitale, Panico, Favilli.
Substitutes: Plizzari, Perisan, Barella, Vido, Sernicola, Pezzella, Cassata, Marchizza, Bifulco.
ENGLAND U20: Woodman (Newcastle), Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), Tomori (Chelsea), Walker-Peters (Tottenham), Kenny (Everton), Cook (Bournemouth), Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Solanke (Chelsea, joining Liverpool on 1 July), Lookman (Everton), Dowell (Everton).
Substitutes: Henderson (Manchester United), Southwood (Reading), Connolly (Everton), Onomah (Tottenham), Armstrong (Newcastle), Konsa (Charlton), Fry (Middlesbrough), Chapman (Middlesbrough), Ojo (Liverpool), Ejaria (Liverpool).