Nigerian-born players fire England to U-20 World Cup final

Fifa Under-20 World Cup semi-final - Italy v England, match preview

Fifa Under-20 World Cup semi-final - Italy v England, match preview

England face a Venezuela side that needed penalties to see off Uruguay in their semifinal - after Samuel Sosa scored a fine stoppage-time free kick to equalise - and Simpson feels his players will reap the rewards if they continue their rich vein of form.

England will play Venezuela, who beat Uruguay, in Sunday's final in South Korea (kick-off 11:00 BST).

A 3-1 win over Italy on Thursday in South Korea allowed England to advance to the final and they will take on Venezuela.

CHERRIES star Lewis Cook will be the first man since Bobby Moore in 1966 to captain England in the final of a World Cup.

But after the interval England looked a class above their opponents and two Solanke goals in the final 24 minutes, sandwiched an Ademola Lookman strike to send Paul Simpson's youngsters through to Sunday's final.

Everton's Ademola Lookman converted another Ojo cross with 13 minutes remaining and Solanke added a third, netting a low drive from 25 yards with two minutes remaining.

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If they were a little unadventurous in the first half, England were absolutely superb after the break, hitting the Italians - jaded from extra-time in their quarterfinal win - with wave after wave of attacks.

Falling behind led to Italy throwing more players forward but that opened up space for England at the other end of the pitch and they did not require much encouragement to take full advantage.

England launched a remarkable comeback after the interval, with new Liverpool signing Solanke scoring his first goal of the game after 66 minutes.

"We've been away for four weeks now and we don't want to spend all that time away from home for nothing".

They got their campaign underway with a resounding 3-0 win over Argentina in their opening group game, but suffered a slight setback when they drew 1-1 with Guinea in their following match. Manchester United pair Axel Tuanzebe and Cameron Northwick-Jackson, both of whom have recently made an impression in the Premier League, were also eligible for Simpson to select.

"We've worked all year for this, coming away on worldwide duty, it's what we've planned to do all season".

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