England beat Argentina 3-0 in FIFA U20 World Cup opener

England beat Argentina 3-0 in FIFA U20 World Cup opener

20/05/2017 at 09:41Updated 20/05/2017 at 14:01

England produced a clinical performance to secure a shock win over Argentina in their opening game at the FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.

A clinical header by Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the Three Lions ahead against the run of play after an opening period that had seen Argentina pepper the England goal.

Video - VIDEO: Highlights as Calvert-Lewin, Arma and Solanke goals earn England a 3-0 win


But, with their opponents still looking the more threatening, Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong made it 2-0 with a fine finish at the end of an incisive move by England early in the second half.

Argentina played the better football for much of the game and continued to dominate even at 2-0 down, but a red card for forward Martinez - which featured the use of Video Technology for the first time - hindered their chances of a comeback.

Video - Ref shows red card after video technology used for first time


And Chelsea's highly-rated Dom Solanke capped off an impressive individual display with a finely-taken penalty late on after Calvert-Lewin had been felled by the keeper.

The win was a first at a World Cup by an England U20 side in over two decades, with Michael Owen being a scorer the last time the age-group secured a victory on the world stage.