Newcastle Player The Star Man For England

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.

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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.

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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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6 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Whenever I see a young goaly being talked up I always think back to Palermo, when a certain Tim Krul was forced to appear despite being only 18. He was fantastic.

    I would say if we get another 6 points at least then we should give kids like Woodman, Armstrong etc a half here or there, maybe even start a game. We’ll have nothing to play for and it would be great to cheer on the local young’ns with a home crowd and no pressure.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Once Armstrong is back I would ghrow him into the first team, there would be absolutely no pressure on him at all, there isn’t much point in playing Remy 9th is nailed on, surely it’s worth possibly sacrificing a place to give the youngsters a taste of the big stage, will Pardews vanity or Mashleys wallet allow that though.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Seriously though what’s with the ridiculous hair with these young ones? Look like massive bellends

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Andy and Jail…Even if 9th isn’t nailed on, what will we slip to, 10th?

    Can’t imagine that’ll keep Mike with his top 10 ambitions up at night.

    I don’t think many fans would mind if Pardew seriously experimented with his squad and in particular the youth players at this stage of our season.

    At least it’d be for something.

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Well JFA, a lot of fans including myself were bemused with Shola coming on for 5 mins against Everton, although I think Carver knowing him from years back, and thinking he’s near retirement and leaving NUFC this season, may have brought him on for an appearance fee? Just a theory.

    I would like to see us bleed in as many kids as we can – with so many departures we need a good underbelly next season.


    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #6

    He part of our shinning u21 team? The lads just being kept off the bottom of the table by Blackburn Rovers and below both Bourgh and Wolves


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