Dominic Solanke scores and Ovie Ejaria features as England reach U-20 World Cup semi-finals

5 June 2017

New signing Dominic Solanke scored the only goal of the game to send England through to the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Cup.


The trophy hopes of three young Reds are one step closer, as England progressed to the last four of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Monday—and the club’s newest addition was the hero against Mexico.

With the game poised at 0-0 at the break, Solanke found the breakthrough shortly after the restart, calmly finishing left-footed to set England on their way.

It marks the first significant moment for the striker on an individual level since his impending switch to Liverpool was confirmed, and he wasn’t the only Reds player in action.

Ovie Ejaria came on for the final 15 minutes as sub to help shore things up after England were reduced to 10 men, while Sheyi Ojo remained an unused sub throughout the game.

The goal against Mexico was Solanke’s second of the tournament, having scored a group-stage penalty earlier on.

England will face Italy in the semi-finals in South Korea, with South American nations Uruguay and Venezuela meeting in the other semi.

In other international news, Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum featured for 25 minutes in a comfortable win for his nation against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

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