Newcastle United local youngster Ryan Donalson bagged two goals for the England Under-17 side as they crushed Malta 6-0 in a European qualifying game.
The 16-year-old opened the scoring for England in the 18th minute and added Englandâ€™s 5th in the 68th before being substituted.
Ryan Donaldson – 16 year-old local lad wears the number 9 shirt for England
Ryanâ€™s 2 goals takes his England tally to 5 in just six appearances at the England U17 level, having made his debut back in July. England now face host nation Estonia on Tuesday and Portugal on Friday as part of their European qualifying tournament. England top their European qualifying group having won 5 and drawn 1 of the six games played so far.
Our three Newcastle Northern Ireland Under-17 stars are also in action this week. Patrick McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson and Michael McCrudden will all face Moldova on Monday evening before games against Montenegro (Wednesday) and Belgium (Friday).
Ryan Donaldson, who has Alan Shearer as his idol (surprise, surprise), not unlike many young Newcastle lads, talked about his idol recently:
“Alan Shearer was my hero,” “Iâ€™ve been a Newcastle fan all my life.”
“He was everyoneâ€™s idol and I was no different. I used to watch him score at St Jamesâ€™ Park â€“ every Newcastle fan dreams of scoring there.â€
“He was strong, brave, would put his body on the line and always seemed in the right place to score.”
“I wear the number nine â€“ itâ€™d be a dream to wear the shirt for the first team. Hopefully one day, but thereâ€™s a long way to go yet.”
While Shearer scored on both his England Under-21 and senior debut, Donaldson followed suit by netting in his first appearance for England, scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Iceland in Julyâ€™s Nordic Championships. We’ll keep tabs on the young Newcastle center-forward, as he bids to eventually make the first team at his home town club. No easy task for anyone these days – but we wish young Ryan the best of luck in his endeavors.