Josh Onomah was shown the red card during today’s Under 20s World Cup quarter-finals clash with Mexico.
The England Under 20s side have enjoyed great success in this year’s World Cup in South Korea, making it out of the groups and into the quarter-finals for the first time since 1993.
England topped group A, winning matches against Argentina and the hosts South Korea as well as drawing 1-1 with Guinea. Spurs youngsters Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters had featured regularly.
In the second round, both players started the match as England saw off Costa Rica 2-1, booking their place in the quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years. Today’s fixture against Mexico however, was a mixed day for Onomah.
England broke the deadlock after the break through a strike from Dominic Solanke, putting England 1-0 up. However, with 17 minutes left to play, Josh Onomah was controversially shown his second yellow card, meaning England had to see out the rest of the game with ten men.
Onomah was given his marching orders after accidentally treading on a Mexican player, who had committed to making a challenge, when rushing past him. In spite of being in possession of the ball and attacking on goal, the referee decided Onomah had intentionally committed a foul worthy of a yellow card. The decision was regarded as grossly unfair by pundits and fans alike.
However, England held on for the victory and booked their place in the Semi-Finals, where a clash with Italy, who similarly defeated Zambia despite being down to ten men, awaits. Unfortunately, Onomah will miss out on the occasion to serve a suspension that England coach Paul Simpson described as ‘absolutely ridiculous’.
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