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Solanke Puts England into Under-20 World Cup Semi-Finals

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Liverpool's new signing showed why he is worth investing in by scoring the winning goal in England's under-20 World Cup quarter-final.

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Amid all the hysteria and excitement at the prospect of signing Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool may have secured another Chelsea striker that will shine at Anfield in Dominic Solanke. The youngster scored the winning goal to put England into the last four of the under-20 World Cup.

The 19-year-old is Liverpool's first signing of the summer that was a surprise despite links as early as February. It didn't inspire some fans, but Solanke was seen as a talented player at Chelsea among a large group of youngsters that have shone in particular in the FA Youth Cup and on loan across Europe.

England beat Mexico 1-0 in South Korea to earn a chance to fight with Italy for a place in the final. Solanke's goal was well taken even though it was hit quite close to the goalkeeper, but his sharp movement and touch to control Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook's clever pass before finishing with his left foot was reminiscent of Daniel Sturridge.

Excelling against one's peers at international level is always a good sign for a young player, and moreover, scoring the goal that brings a first under-20 World Cup semi-final appearance for 24 years is something to celebrate. Hopefully Solanke continues to score goals and steers clear from injury.