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12 June 2017

Former loan stars win the U20 World Cup whilst Sam Morsy’s Egypt lose 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifying opener.

  • Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny and Sheyi Ojo help England to win the U20 World Cup.
  • Sam Morsy’s Egypt lose 1-0 in Tunisia.
  • Injured Shaun MacDonald and Will Grigg miss respective World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

Former Wigan Athletic loan players Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny and Sheyi Ojo helped England’s U20 side to a historic World Cup win in South Korea this weekend.

Coached by Paul Simpson, the U20s were thankful to a goal from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a sublime penalty save from Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman as they beat Venezuela 1-0 in Suwon on Sunday.

2015-16 loanee Kenny played the full game whilst 2014-15 loanee Ojo was a second-half substitute. Last season’s Latics loanee Connolly was an unused substitute having featured in England’s first two group stage matches.

Elsewhere, Latics midfielder Sam Morsy was an unused substitute for Egypt as they lost 1-0 to Tunisia in their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying opener.

Morsy won his first two Egypt caps this season and will be looking to add to his tally in August when the Pharaohs face Uganda in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, a game in which victory would all-but secure a place at the finals in Russia.

Will Grigg’s Northern Ireland took another step towards qualifying for their first World Cup finals in 32 years with a 1-0 in Azerbaijan, despite Latics’ striker missing the match due to injury.

Stuart Dallas scored in injury time for Michael O’Neill’s side who know wins over San Marino and Czech Republic in September will likely secure at least a play-off place.

For Shaun MacDonald’s Wales, who were without the Latics midfielder due to injury, a late Aleksandar Mitrovic equaliser meant their qualification hopes for the 2018 finals took a blow after Aaron Ramsey had given them the lead in Belgrade.

The draw means Wales will likely need to win their remaining games to finish in the top two in Group D, which also contains the Republic of Ireland.

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