Newcastle Duo Star In England Win – Qualify For European Finals

The England U17 team won their third game in their group in the Elite round of the European U17 Championships, and have qualified with seven other sides for the finals to be held in Malta in May, and Newcastle youngsters Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman both played the full 90 minutes, in what was an impressive display by the England side.

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England celebrate after a great 2-1 win and three wins in a row

England had won their first two games and Italy had to win this game for them to go through to the finals ,and they came at England from the first whistle.

But it was Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong who put England ahead in the 20th minute with a terrific left footed drive that whistled across the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

And England had  Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to thank four minutes before half time, when he made a top-class save to push Valerio Trani’s shot over the crossbar – a terrific save by the England goalkeeper.

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Adam Armstrong scores brilliant first goal for England

England led 1-0 at the half

But then in the 52nd minute Italy scored, and that was the first goal Freddie Woodman has conceded in the three games in the Elite round, but England made sure of a 100% record when Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke scored the winning goal in the 71st minute.

And in the last 30 minutes Italy came at England, but the youngsters were calm and solid at the back, and nailed their third win in a row, and must now be one of the favorites to win the Championship.

The winners of the seven groups join host country Malta in the finals to be held in May.


England U17s (1-4-2-3-1): 1 Fred Woodman (Newcastle United), 3 Callum Connolly (Everton), 5 Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic), 15 Taylor Moore (RC Lens), 2 Tafari Moore (Arsenal); 4 Ryan Ledson (C) (Everton), 14 Lewis Cook (Leeds United); 11 Isaiah Brown (Chelsea), 8 Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), 10 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea); 9 Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United).
Substitutes: 16 Callum Cooke (Middlesbrough) for Cook 76, 17 Josh Sims (Southampton) for Solanke 78, 7 Demetri Mitchell (Manchester United) for Brown 80.
Substitutes not used: 13 Sam Howes (West Ham United), 6 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 12 Mandela Egbo (Crystal Palace), 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal)

Goals: Armstrong (20), Solanke (71)

Italy U17 (4-2-3-1): 1 Alex Meret; 15 Mauro Coppolaro, 5 Ivan Francesco De Santis, 6 Fabio Della Giovanna, 3 Federico Dimarco; 7 Gianfilippo Felicioli, 4 Filippo Romagna (C), 8 Rolando Mandragora, 10 Simone Minelli; 11 Antonio Panico Giuseppe, 18 Valerio Trani.
Substitutes: 13 Simone Giuliano for Dimarco 41, 17 Andrea D’Orazio for Della Giovanna 51, 16 Francesco Cassata for Felicioli
Substitutes not used: 12 Andrea Zaccagno, 14 Alberto Picchi.
Goal: Trani (52)

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6 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice to see some success story for the toon. Enjoy it while you can lads cos next season we are f@cked

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Quick, quick, let’s give him 10 minutes in the league so he can become a scapegoat for puppet because he’s too attack minded and didn’t run back 70 metres and make a tackle in the right back slot because yanga isn’t a right back! About sums puppet up does it not lol!

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Wow, fatty and puppet have turned me into a defeatist with no hope or light at the end of the tunnel!

    Never been like this before, expecting the worst as it’s nothing new now!

  • mindshaft

    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Nice one Arma

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #5

    AC, oh theres a light mate, it just happens to be an oncoming train with ashley driving it haha

  • Ciaran

    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Anyone watch the work rate of Luis Suarez against Spurs? Liverpool were 3-0 up and Suarez was seen in the LB position closing down Aaron Lennon before gunning it to the other side of the pitch on the break.

    Anyone who says the top flair players don’t work hard are chatting out of their arses.

    Off topic, but I thought I’d make the point because there is naff all else to chat about.


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