Good news today that 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana has been named in the final squad of 21 to play in the U20 World Cup in Turkey next month.
Gael Bigirimana – he always seem to have a smile on his face
18 year-old Adam Campbell had also been in the provisional squad, but unfortunately he didn’t make it in the final squad, and we have to remember Adam’s about 14 months younger than Gael, who joined us from Coventry City last summer for £1M, and looks a stellar signing for the future.
The two of them are probably the two most exciting youngsters coming through the ranks at Newcastle at the moment, and could make great headway as early as next season.
Gael played 25 times for Newcastle last season, with a single stupendous goal against Wigan, and seems to just love it on Tyneside, and of course Adam is a local lad from North Shields, and love of the club is therefore already in his genes. 😀
Adam is currently playing for the England U19 side in their European Championship Elite Round qualifiers, and scored just over a week ago for the side.
Gael will report to the England squad next Monday at St. George’s Park and the squad flies out to Turkey nine days later – 12th June – to get ready for the tournament.
England have been drawn in a group that includes Iraq, Chile and Egypt, and it now is well worthwhile following the tournament with Gael now in the squad, and we would expect him to start for England, but we’ll have to wait and see.
This lad has a great attitude, loves it on Tyneside, and is a bit of a joker, as we’ve seen him fooling around when the camera is on him in training – he seems a smashing lad – and he could become a top class central midfielder for Newcastle.
And not to leave Adam Campbell out this, the 18 year-old has always looked like a young Michael Owen, and when Michael was 18 – he was simply awesome – until injuries and particularly a bad hamstring injury took some of his natural speed away.
Both these lads are exciting youngsters at Newcastle.
Here is the full England U-20 squad – any youngsters we should be looking to sign?
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), George Long (Sheffield United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough)
Defenders: Sam Byram (Leeds United), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Danny Potts (West Ham United), Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), John Stones (Everton), Tom Thorpe (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Gael Bigirimana (Newcastle United), Conor Coady (Liverpool), Larnell Cole (Manchester United), John Lundstram (Everton), James Ward Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Chris Long (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough)
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