Who are England’s World Cup finalists?

We know you’re still talking politics but there’s a been sporting shock in the last 24 hours too.



England have reached the final of the Under-20 World Cup.

They did it, for the first time, by beating Italy 3-1 in the semi-finals. By Monday they could be World Cup champions.

So who are England’s new stars? Here’s what you need to know ahead of Sunday’s final against Venezula.

Freddie Woodman, goalkeeper

Freddie Woodman plays under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle, who’ve have just been promoted back to the Premier League. Many Toon fans reckon he’s the next Big Thing.

He’s from Croydon, a lofty 6ft 3in, and is fortunate to have England boss Gareth Southgate as his godfather.

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Jake Clarke-Salter, defender

Jake has been at Chelsea since 2006, aged eight, and was Under-18s captain as the Blues won the FA Youth Cup twice.

Jake has even been tipped to be John Terry’s long term replacement at Stamford Bridge by JT himself.

Fikayo Tomori, defender

Fikayo is also a Chelsea player and is also eligible to play for Canada.

His most memorable contribution to the tournament was a stunning own goal against Guinea earlier in the tournament.

Kyle Walker-Peters

Kyle Walker-Peters, defender

Kyle is a pacey-right back who shares the same name (minus a Peters) as the current Spurs senior right back.

In December 2015 Walker-Peters was crowned the Premier League’s under-21 player of the month.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, midfielder

Nineteen-year-old Ainsley came through Arsenal’s academy and is said to be one of Arsene Wenger’s favoured young players.

Two years ago he became the second youngest player to represent Arsenal in the Champions League, behind Jack Wilshere.

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Lewis Cook, midfielder

Lewis Cook became the most expensive English teenage signing of the 2016 summer transfer window when he moved from Leeds to Bournemouth.

England skipper Cook was also named Football League Young Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of Gareth Bale.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, forward

Dominic Calvert-Lewin came through the ranks at hometown club Sheffield United before joining Everton in the summer of 2016.

Last season he became the first Everton player with a double-barrelled surname to score for the club since 1888.

Dominic Solanke, striker

Solanke ran down his contract at Chelsea this season and will be a Liverpool player when the Premier League gets underway later this summer.

That hasn’t gone down well with Chelsea fans after he scored a cracking pair of goals in the last four to book England their historic World Cup final place.

Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman, winger

Lookman scored England’s second goal in their 3-1 semi-final win over Italy, his third goal of the tournament.

The speedy winger joined Everton in January of this year from Charlton Athletic.

Kieran Dowell, midfielder

Dowell made his Premier League debut for Everton as a substitute for Ross Barkley in April 2016.

His silky skills and dribbling ability allow to him to play in a variety of attacking positions.

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