Simpson Hails England Under 20’s ‘Ultimate Professionals’

The Three Lions boss Paul Simpson has hailed his England Under 20’s squad as ‘ultimate professionals’ after they won the World Cup for the first time since 1966.

The Young Lions are the first England side to get a World Cup final at any age level for half a century since Sir Alf Ramsey’s players lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy half a century ago.

It follows their 1-0 victory over Venezuela in South Korea on Sunday which showcased a fine brand of attacking football style, after three weeks in the Far East and getting past Mexico and Italy in the quarter-final and semi-final.

The former Rochdale, Carlisle and Preston manager only took charge of the Three Lions earlier this year, after Aidy Boothroyd had led them to the semi-finals of the Euros. Boothroyd was moved up to manage the Under 21’s after Gareth Southgate was appointed England manager.

Calvert-Lewin who started five Premier League games for Everton this past season, totalling 346 minutes, hopes the squad member will now secure more playing time in the Premier League.

The Everton forward score the only goal of the game following up on a rebound to slot home from close range on 35 minutes, after Venezuela’s Ronaldo Lucena had hit the post with a sublime 45-yard free-kick.

After the match Simpson spoke of his delight: “It’s just a huge honour and I’m so proud of all the players, staff and everybody at the FA who have worked tirelessly to get to this point.

“It’s been years of work, preparation and planning and I can’t believe that I’ve been given this opportunity to take this group to a World Cup.

“And to finish with a lovely gold medal around my neck is a wonderful feeling.

“I jumped into it late on – Aidy Boothroyd started the hard work and led the team to the semi-finals of the Euros.

“He got a fantastic promotion to the U21s and I was asked to step in and look after the U20s until the end of this tournament.”