England manager, Gareth Southgate has called on the Premier League clubs to absord the English U20 World Cup winning squad.
England won their first major international title since 1966 after beating Venezuela 1-0 in the final. The tie was settled by Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin whose 35th minute strike was enought to hand the Young Lions the trophy. The starting lineup of England had just 44 PL appearances among them.
Dominic Solanke won the Golden Ball award following in the footsteps of Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba.
Gareth Southgate who was watching the final alongside his first team players at the French training side told FATV;
“Obviously ultimately the aim is that those players come through to the seniors”.
“A big part of that now is for them to get opportunities with their clubs because I think they’ve shown if we’re world champions at U20s then there’s enough players there to fulfil careers in the game without clubs looking elsewhere.”
“The senior team were watching the latter stages of the game once they finished training, so many of whom have been through the system, so we’re all sharing in it but it’s those guys that have done it so brilliant for them, Southgate continued”.
The FA invested into St George’s Park five years ago and Southgate reiterated that the U20 trophy win means the investment is paying dividends. He continued;
“Fantastic achievement for them (England’s U20s), and on a bigger picture everybody at St George’s and within the FA and youth development in English football.”
“Hopefully everybody at home takes pride in it”.
“Great credit to the board and Martin Glenn (FA chief executive), they’ve backed some new ideas with funding and all of these things take time.”