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Paul Simpson urges England Under-20s to make history with World Cup win

• England U20s beat Italy to set up final against Venezuela in Suwon
• Win would seal first men’s World Cup for any age group since 1966

Paul Simpson has urged his England Under-20s to write their names into the history books after they became the first men’s team from these shores to reach a World Cup final since 1966. England play Venezuela in Sunday’s final after they came from behind to beat Italy 3-1 in the last four. Dominic Solanke, who is due to sign for Liverpool, scored either side of Ademola Lookman’s simple strike to propel Simpson’s side into the final in South Korea, with all three of their goals coming in the final 25 minutes. It is 51 years since England had a team in a major global football final, when Sir Alf Ramsey’s side beat West Germany at the old Wembley. “It’s a dream to take a team to a World Cup final,” Simpson, the England Under-20s manager, said. “I was born in 1966 and that was the last time we did it. We’re delighted to be in it and I’ve said from the first day I am greedy and I want to go and win the final. I don’t just want to make the numbers up, We always thought we had a chance to go to the final. We’ve achieved that, but really we’ve achieved nothing yet because we have to go and win and put our name into the history books of English football.”

Related: England beat Italy 3-1 to reach Under-20 World Cup final – live!

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