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Liverpool's new striker fires England into the U20 World Cup final

Dominic Solanke struck twice as Paul Simpson’s side claimed a 3-1 win over Italy.

The Egnland players celebrate with goalscorer Solanke.
The Egnland players celebrate with goalscorer Solanke.
Image: Lee Jin-man/AP/Press Association Images

ENGLAND WILL PLAY Venezuela in the final of the U20 World Cup after Dominic Solanke struck twice in a 3-1 win over Italy.

Italy had taken the lead in the second minute through Riccardo Orsolini, but Paul Simpson’s side bounced back in style to reach the final of the competition for the first time in England’s history.

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

A cross from Reds team-mate Sheyi Ojo’s was palmed out by goalkeeper Andrea Zaccagno to Solanke for a simple finish and Ojo was again involved as England took the lead.

Everton attacker Ademola Lookman slotted home after Italy failed to deal with another Ojo centre, then Zaccagno was beaten too easily by Solanke’s 25-yard drive as England wrapped up the match with two minutes to go.

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In the first semi-final, Venezuela are through to a maiden final in any age group by triumphing 4-3 over Uruguay on penalties, with the new ABBA shootout system used after a 1-1 draw.

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