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Dons Academy product helps England to World Cup final

Sheyi Ojo plays a key role in the Young Lions' 3-1 success over Italy in South Korea...

8 June 2017

Former MK Dons Academy starlet Sheyi Ojo has helped England reach the final of the Under-20s World Cup.

Ojo – a product of the Club’s Academy set-up who is now a first-team squad member at Liverpool – was a second-half substitute in the 3-1 success over Italy, which secured the Young Lions’ place in Sunday’s final.

It is the first World Cup final an England side has reached, at any level, since 1966.

Despite starting on the bench, Ojo was a catalyst in the victory – providing assists for Dominic Solanke and Ademola Lookman to score England’s first two goals.

Paul Simpson’s team will face Venezuela in the final, which takes place this Sunday evening at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in South Korea.

Ojo isn't the only Dons Academy product involved in international football at the moment.

Dele Alli is expected to play a key role in England's World Cup qualifier against Scotland this Saturday, while the midfielder will also be looking to repeat his goalscoring exploits against France when the Three Lions visit Paris on Tuesday. Alongside the Tottenham Hotspur man is a fellow ex-Don in Jake Livermore.

Another who could be in action on Saturday is Tom Flanagan, who will be eager to keep his place in Northern Ireland’s starting XI after making his international debut last Friday in a 1-0 win over New Zealand – the Green and White Army, whose squad also includes former Dons right-back Lee Hodson, face an important World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Other Dons names to keep an eye on during this summer’s international fixtures:

Joe Walsh – the Dons defender is with Wales ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

Harvey Barnes – the former loanee is in terrific form for England at the Toulon Tournament and will be looking to help the Young Lions reclaim their title.

Lewis Baker – another ex-loan player who is part of a 28-man preliminary England squad for the Under-21s European Championships, which begin later this month.