England on Saturday unexpectedly beat Argentina 3-0 when the FIFA U-20 World Cup got underway in South Korea on Saturday. It was the first time since 1997 that England won a match in the tournament.
Sports Village Square recalls that England had gone 17 games without a win since the days of the likes of Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy.
Thanks to goals from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong before Nigerian-born Dominic Ayodele Solanke sealed the victory for England.
The English side will face Guinea on Tuesday. The African side which lost its opening match, 3-0, to hosts, South Korea, holds the record for the longest absence between successive participation in the competition.
Guinea last qualified for the competition in 1979 and remain one of the nine teams with 100% losing record in the competition.
Saturday’s match with South Korea was Guinea’s fourth match in the competition and had not won any, conceding 13 goals and scoring none!