U-20 World Cup 2017 Final: Venezuela vs. England Schedule and Preview

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2017

England's players (white) celebrate their victory during the U-20 World Cup semi-final football match between England and Italy in Jeonju on June 8, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
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England will take on Venezuela in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup final on Sunday in Suwon, South Korea.

The Young Lions beat Italy in Thursday's semi-final to book their place in the showpiece, the first time since 1966 that England's men have had representatives in a World Cup final at any level. 

Meanwhile, Venezuela squeezed past Uruguay on penalties to do the same.

Read on for a full preview of the final as Paul Simpson's side continue their hunt for glory, but first here are the schedule details for the match:


Date: Sunday, June 11

Time: 11 a.m. BST, 6 a.m. ET

TV: Eurosport 2 (UK), Fox Sports 1 USA

Live Stream: Eurosport Player (UK), Fox Sports Go (USA)


It will be a historic occasion for both sides on Sunday, and the future looks bright for the nations regardless of who comes away the victor.

Former England striker Gary Lineker is among those feeling optimistic after the Young Lions' success:

England opened their campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Argentina. After going on to win Group A, they edged out Costa Rica and Mexico before facing Italy in the semi-final.

Despite Riccardo Orsolini finding the net inside two minutes, England produced an outstanding effort to come back and win 3-1.

There were great performances throughout the team, with sports writer Paul Tomkins singling out Dominic Solanke as he bagged a brace to take his tally for the tournament to four goals:

Substitute Sheyi Ojo was also exceptional and had a real impact off the bench in assisting two of England's goals.

He was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet himself as he forced a save from Andrea Zaccagno and hit the post, but his pace and directness carried real threat.

The Guardian's Ed Aarons and former England defender Jamie Carragher hailed his showing:

The strong performances don't end there, with Ademola Lookman—who scored his third of the tournament—and Lewis Cook also among those impressing.

A similarly excellent outing from England will give them a strong chance of coming out on top, but Venezuela have also impressed.

They scored 10 goals in the group stage, more than any other side, albeit they racked up seven of them against Vanuatu.

Nevertheless, their attractive attacking play has been a hallmark of their tournament and Sergio Cordova has as many goals as Solanke, while Malaga forward Adalberto Penaranda and Samuel Sosa have two each.

La Vinotinto didn't concede a goal until the quarter-final, though they did struggle at times after falling behind against Uruguay in the semi, per Scouted Football:

England should be the fresher of the two sides heading into the match, as Venezuela have had to play 120 minutes in all three of their knockout games thus far.

That could have an impact in the latter stages of the game in particular. Though both sides would ideally like to have the match wrapped up by then, it's set to be a thrilling and hard-fought contest.