LEWIS Cook has inked his name into English football history after becoming the second man to captain the country to World Cup glory.

Cherries midfielder Cook set up Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the only goal of the game as England under-20s won a compelling final against Venezuela in South Korea.

The Young Lions survived an enormous scare with 15 minutes to play when goalkeeper Freddie Woodman brilliantly saved Adalberto Penaranda's penalty.

England's victory represents a first global success since Bobby Moore skippered the Three Lions to their 1966 triumph.

Ademola Lookman had a long-range piledriver saved by Wuilker Farinez midway through the first half, before the South American team responded with an audacious 40-yard free-kick from Ronaldo Lucena that clattered into a post.

The game's decisive goal arrived 10 minutes before half-time. Cook lifted a free-kick towards Calvert-Lewin in the box. The Everton player looked isolated but overpowered his marker to unleash a shot that was kept out by Farinez.

Calvert-Lewin was first to the rebound, though, and stroked his finish beyond the prone Venezuela number one.

Farinez saved at Calvert-Lewin's feet moments later to keep the Venezuelans alive and, early in the second half, Woodman clung onto Yangel Herrera's header to preserve his team's lead.

England immediately surged up to the other end, where Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah took aim from 30 yards and saw his strike cannon back out off the bar.

Cook and his colleagues were steadily pinned back in their own half with victory in sight. And on 73 minutes Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter was penalised for tripping Penaranda in the box.

England referred the decision to the video assistant referees being employed in this competition, but to no avail as television pictures clearly showed Clarke-Salter making contact with his opponent.

Watford player Penaranda took the penalty but was denied by Woodman, the Newcastle man diving to his right but flinging out a strong left hand to keep out a ball that was travelling towards the middle of his goal.

Venezuela 'keeper Farinez joined his team's attack during a frantic finale and skewed one shot wide of the target.

But Paul Simpson's team held out to complete a remarkable success and leave Cook to follow in Moore's stead by lifting a World Cup for England.