England Under-20s have ‘raised the bar’ with World Cup triumph, says Southgate

first_img England Under-20s celebrate winning the World Cup 1 Gareth Southgate says the England Under-20 team have set the standard for the national set-up after their World Cup triumph. The Young Lions beat Venezuela 1-0 in the final in South Korea thanks to a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.The Everton forward scored after 35 minutes, and a second-half penalty save from Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman preserved the advantage as Paul Simpson’s side became the first England team to become world champions since 1966.Three Lions boss Southgate and the senior England squad took a break from their preparations for Tuesday’s friendly against France to watch the match.In a video message to the youngsters, Southgate said: “It’s a fantastic achievement, you have done everybody proud, yourselves and your families, and also you can see the country has taken note.“You have raised the bar for everybody. It’s great that all the teams who follow you now have something to aim for.“You have given everybody belief that English players can be successful and you should have great belief in yourselves in what’s possible now.“Congratulations from all of us in the senior team.”Match-winner Calvert-Lewin joined Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters as the only Englishmen to score in a World Cup final and is honoured to have his name etched into the history books.“To be one of only three Englishman to have scored in a World Cup finaI is amazing,” he said.“I probably should have scored the first time to be honest. I just anticipated the keeper parrying the ball away and tried to keep my composure and managed to put it away. The feeling was just relief to be honest. I can’t remember what I did – ran to the corner flag and hit it I think but then all the lads came over.“It is hard to put into words what that feeling is like when the referee blew the final whistle. We have wanted this so much that to come back to England as part of a select few who have won the World Cup means everything.”last_img