Tottenham Hotspur duo Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters look to kick on after under-20 World Cup success
PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 June 2017
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Talented youngster demonstrated in South Korea why they deserve more opportunities under Mauricio Pochettino next season
Josh Onomah paid tribute to the late Tottenham Hotspur under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu after helping England win the under-20 World Cup with a slender victory over Venezuela in South Korea on Sunday.
Onomah, 20, and Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker-Peters helped Paul Simpson’s Young Lions follow in the footsteps of Sir Alf Ramsey’s senior players, who lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal on 35 minutes, while Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved a second-half penalty to preserve the lead and ensure England would become world champions.
“I love Kyle to bits. We’ve been working for moments like this since we were knee high and to share this moment with him is a dream come true. This is for Ugo and everyone back at Spurs,” Onomah told the official club website.
The Tottenham midfielder saw a 30-yard effort strike the crossbar during the second half and proved solid in a deeper midfield role for England during the competition.
Walker-Peters, also 20, is highly regarded at Spurs, where he signed a new three-year contract in February and was outstanding in the semi-final win against Italy.
Onomah missed the last four match after receiving a harsh second yellow card in the quarter-final victory over Mexico.
“Josh has been very good this tournament, showing his strength and power in the middle of the pitch,” said Walker-Peters.
“To bounce back from an unfortunate red card and then perform the way he did in the final was incredible from him and shows his mental strength.
“Achieving this together is extra special. I’ve played with Josh since I was 10 and never imagined anything like this, so it’s very special.”
The challenge now for the pair is to use this success as a springboard to earning more opportunities at Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino revealed last month that Onomah and Walker-Peters would be handed more chances next season.
Walker-Peters is yet to make his Spurs debut, but has appeared on the bench for the club, most recently against Wycombe Wanderers.
The versatility of the full-back, who played at left-back in the World Cup despite being more comfortable on the right, is sure to benefit him next season.
Meanwhile Onomah’s ability to play out wide or in the centre of midfield should increase his playing time for the upcoming campaign.