John Terry saluted England’s U20 World Cup winners and thinks they should be rightly heralded as the new golden generation.
The Three Lions youngsters beat Venezuela 1-0 on Sunday to win the country’s biggest football honour since the 1966 triumph on home soil.
Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal was enough to secure England the cup in South Korea while Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman made a second-half penalty save.
Manager Paul Simpson was quick to dampen talk of this group being the next big thing after false dawns during the David Beckham era.
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But former England and Chelsea captain Terry thinks we shouldn’t shy away from heaping praise on the victorious young Lions for their magnificent win.
“It was a phenomenal achievement from the boys over there and it sends shockwaves back home,” Terry told Yahoo Sport UK at a charity golf day he was supporting for the Asmir Begovic Foundation. “You get this ripple effect which is fantastic so well done to all those lads. I’m really proud.
“It’s massively important for them to get excited.
“They’re 20 years of age, they’re at the beginning of their careers and that win will serve them well for the next three of four years of their development.
“Holding on, the penalty, the drama, it is all good stuff to learn so my advice to them is enjoy it thoroughly and move onto the next one.”
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Terry was speaking at Burhill Golf Club for the Asmir Begovic Foundation’s charity golf day.
The foundation helps to build recreational areas for children to play in both here in the UK and in the goalkeeper’s home country of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
For more information on the Asmir Begovic Foundation please visit www.asmirbegovicfoundation.com
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