Belfast Telegraph

Simpson hails his heroes as they finally end England's 51-year wait


England Under-20 coach Paul Simpson hailed his side's achievements after they became the first Three Lions team to reach a World Cup final in 51 years.

England will play in their first-ever U-20 World Cup final after coming from behind to secure an impressive 3-1 semi-final victory over Italy in Jeonju.

Riccardo Orsolini put Italy ahead inside two minutes, but England's dominance eventually paid off as two goals from Liverpool-bound striker Dominic Solanke and an Ademola Lookman strike in the final 25 minutes secured their place in Sunday's final against Venezuela.

Simpson could not hide his delight after seeing an England side reach a World Cup final over half-a-century after the famous 1966 success.

"I thought the players were magnificent," said the 50-year-old boss.

"Everybody put in a performance that was worthy of winning any game of football and to win it in a World Cup semi-final against a team like Italy, it is a really, really big achievement."

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