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Give England's U20s a chance to roar: Calvert-Lewin

By Carl Markham

Match-winner Dominic Calvert-Lewin hopes England's Under-20 World Cup-winning squad will be able to get more Premier League minutes next season.

Paul Simpson's heroes played a total of 1,094 Premier League minutes last season - equivalent to about 12 full matches.

Key to their progress will be regular exposure to Premier League football, and it will be interesting to see how many members of the squad gain additional playing time next season.

Calvert-Lewin, who wrote his name into the history books with what proved the winning goal in England's 1-0 victory over Venezuela, played 346 minutes for Everton last campaign, with only Bournemouth's Lewis Cook - the captain - playing more often with 431 minutes.

"Hopefully there will be opportunities next season," said Calvert-Lewin. "I have had a taste of it last season with Everton and I want to show I am capable of playing regularly."

England survived an almighty scare late in the game when Adalberto Penaranda went down in the penalty area following a clash with Jake Clarke-Salter.

The referee pointed to the spot but Freddie Woodman's strong palm kept out the spot-kick.

"Thankfully Freddie saved the penalty. I was watching through my fingers from the halfway line and it was an incredible moment. It was a big, big moment that helped turn the game," said Calvert-Lewin.

"It is hard to put into words what that feeling was like when the referee blew the final whistle. We have wanted this so much."

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