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EFL experience helps England to Under-20 World Cup win

11 June 2017

England have won the Under-20 World Cup after a 1-0 victory against Venezuela in the final, and there was plenty of EFL experience amongst the history-making squad.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 35th-minute strike fired the Young Lions to England’s biggest international title since 1966.

The 20-year-old Everton striker, who came through Sheffield United’s academy and won the Sky Bet League Two title whilst on-loan with Northampton Town in 2015/16, was impressive throughout the tournament.

However, it could have been a different story had it not been for Freddie Woodman’s heroic second-half penalty save to keep England ahead. The Newcastle United goalkeeper got his first taste of professional football in the EFL too, during a loan spell with Crawley Town.

The talented squad is made up of a whole host of players who have come through EFL academies or have gained experience on loan in the league.

Lewis Cook, who captained the side to glory, is a graduate of Leeds United’s academy and made 80 EFL appearances before being signed by Bournemouth last summer.

Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori played in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy before earning a loan move to promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, whilst his team-mate and central defensive partner Jake Clarke-Salter spent last season on loan at Bristol Rovers.

Ademola Lookman was named the LFE Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 EFL Awards after making the breakthrough at Charlton Athletic, scoring 10 goals in 45 league games before being snapped up by Everton in the most recent January transfer window.

The EFL wants to congratulate the whole team and coaching staff on a fantastic achievement.

England’s U20 World Cup winners:

Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United) - (Crawley Town, loan)

Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur) 

Fikayi Tomori (Chelsea) - (Brighton & Hove Albion, loan)

Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea) - (Bristol Rovers, loan)

Jonjoe Kenny (Everton) - (Wigan Athletic and Oxford United, loan)
Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) - (Leeds United academy)

Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur)

Kieran Dowell (Everton)

Ademola Lookman (Everton) - (Charlton Athletic academy)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) - (Sheffield United academy; Northampton Town, loan)

Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)

Dean Henderson (Manchester United) - (Grimsby Town, loan)
Luke Southwood (Reading)

Callum Connolly (Everton) - (Barnsley and Wigan Athletic, loan)

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) - (Rotherham United, loan)

Ezri Konsa (Charlton Athletic)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) - (Ipswich Town, loan)

Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool)

Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) - (Milton Keynes Dons academy; Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers, loan)

Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United) - (Coventry City and Barnsley, loan)

Harry Chapman (Middlesbrough) - (Barnsley and Sheffield United, loan)

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