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Dominic Calvert-Lewin hailed the brilliance of Ademola Lookmanafter his Everton teammate struck the decisive goal in a 3-1 win over Italy to send England Under-20s to the World Cup final.
The Young Lions fell behind inside three minutes when Juventus winger Riccardo Orsolini opened the scoring with a well-placed finish, but Dominic Solanke levelled proceedings midway through the second period.
Lookman then fired Paul Simpson’s side into a deserved lead, before Solanke added his second of the tie to ensure a clash with Venezuela for the world crown on Sunday (11am kick-off BST).
It will be the first time England have competed in a World Cup final since the senior side won the competition in 1966.
Five Everton players were named in the matchday squad for the semi-final and, as well as a big team effort, Calvert-Lewin believes one of his colleagues was particularly influential
“It was an unbelievable performance from the boys,” said Calvert-Lewin. “We’re into the World Cup final and everyone is over the moon. That is what we have come here to do – get into the final and hopefully now we can go on and win the World Cup. We’re all buzzing at the moment.
“We got sucker-punched in the first couple of minutes and it’s always going to be tough when you go behind early on against an Italian team. But we stuck at it, ground them down and we came into our own in the second half. We got the equaliser and then built on that to go on and win the game.
“There were some big performances today and a big team effort to get the result.
“Ade [Ademola Lookman] was brilliant today and got the goal he deserved. There were a lot of good individual performances and I feel like it was the best team performance we’ve shown in the tournament so far.”
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