The England U17 team beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in the first of three games in the elite round of the European U17 Championships, and Chelsea striker Dom Solanke scored the only goal of the game after 58 minutes.
England U17 team before game against Czech Republic
The other two teams in England’s group are Albania and Italy, and next up are Albania tomorrow, and they lost 2-1 to Italy yesterday.
Both Newcastle youngsters Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong played the whole game for England.
And Freddie had a very good game, and was almost caught out by Vaclav Cerny, who tried a Wayne Rooney (or should that be David Beckham?) lob in the first half, but Freddie was able to get back and tip the ball over the cross-bar to make a terrific save at a vital time.
It was a tough first half for the England youngsters, but they slowly and steadily came more into the game, after Woodman had been on form in that tough first 45 minutes.
Manager John Peacock after the game had this to say on the FA web-site:
“We need good goalkeepers – you are going to have to always make a save or two when you are playing the host country in front of a partisan crowd and we are lucky to have two in this squad.”
“We had been watching the videos and knew that he liked to shoot from distance, so we were expecting it, but it was a great save from Woodman.”
“When your ‘keeper makes a great reaction save like Freddie did, it does give everyone a lift and I think it did that against Czech Republic.”
And this is what Freddie said after the game:
“It was a great result for the boys. I thought first twenty minutes we were not that great but we grew into it as the game went on.”
“It was one of the toughest halves that I’ve had with England to be fair. With the atmosphere, it gave it a bit more of an edge to the game.”
“I had been watching the videos of their strikers before the match and we had spotted that he liked to try and shoot from the half way line, so I was prepared.”
“I knew it was coming, but it was still a bit of a surprise. I just remember him hitting it and looking back and thinking ‘He could be doing me here,’ but luckily I did just manage to get it over the bar.”
Seems like young Woodman is starting to make a name for himself, and the headline on the FA web-site is the England manager praising his young Newcastle goalkeeper.
Freddie Woodman – young Newcastle goalkeeper
Freddie and Adam are two youngsters who signed their first professional contracts at Newcastle earlier in the week, along with 18 year-old Slovakian center-back Lubo Satka.
We seem to have some top youngsters coming through the ranks at the moment.
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