Ex-Stalybridge footballer propels England to World Cup glory
Monday 12th June 2017 @ 11:09 by Adam Higgins
Football Sports Stalybridge

A former Stalybridge Celtic footballer has propelled England to World Cup glory for the first time in more than 50 years.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winning goal as England Under-20s beat Venezuela 1-0 in the final on Sunday, claiming the country’s biggest international title since 1966.

In the 34th minute, the Everton striker followed up after his initial effort was saved by Venezuela’s goalkeeper Wuiiker Farinez to become only the third Englishman to score in a World Cup final after West Ham duo Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

Calvert-Lewin made a huge impact during his brief stint at Bower Fold, with six goals in five appearances for Celtic in the National League North during the winter part of the 2014-15 season.

“To be one of only three Englishman to have scored in a World Cup final is amazing,” he said after the game.

“It is hard to put into words what that feeling is like when the referee blew the final whistle. We wanted this so much, and to come back to England as part of a select few who have won the World Cup means everything.”

Action: Calvert-Lewin making an appearance from the bench in Everton’s Merseyside derby defeat against Liverpool at Goodison Park last December

It was the 19-year-old’s second goal of the tournament in South Korea, having netted in Paul Simpson’s side’s opening group game in a 3-0 win over Argentina, and he was pictured celebrating afterwards with the trophy and his model girlfriend Megan Taylor Lilley.

The Sheffield-born striker, who also had a fruitful spell with Northampton Town in League Two last term, made the move to Merseyside on deadline day last summer from his hometown club Sheffield United for £1.5 million.

He had to be patient for an opportunity in the first-team, making his debut as a substitute against Arsenal in December, but went on to establish himself as a regular in the squad in an eye-catching debut campaign.

Calvert-Lewin made 11 league appearances last season, scoring his first goal against Hull City in March, and has been described as a ‘talented young player’ with ‘a big future for Everton’ by Toffees boss Ronald Koeman.

He also signed a new five-year deal with the Merseyside club last month.

Tribute: Stalybridge Celtic posted on Facebook to offer their congratulations after Calvert-Lewin’s success with the England Under 20s