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England U-20s goal threat Solanke ready for the final and Premier League | Nick Ames

Dominic Solanke was ostracised at Chelsea last season but could claim golden boot for England in Under-20s World Cup final against Venezuela

Jeonju is eight time zones away from Cobham and when Dominic Solanke broke through the middle before cracking his second goal past the Italy goalkeeper, Andrea Zaccagno, on Thursday his former place of employment could hardly have seemed at a further remove. Solanke ended up sitting out this season at Chelsea after talks over a new contract broke down, early hopes of challenging for a first-team place fizzling into a limbo of training sessions and a handful of under-23 fixtures as it became clear he would not be considered for selection.

A move to Liverpool was finalised last month; he had been in danger of fading from view but now he will lead the line in England’s Under-20 World Cup final against Venezuela on Sunday as they seek an achievement that has no parallel in this country in the past half-century.

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