The European U17 Championships will begin in Malta this week and two of our top youngsters – goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and local lad Adam Armstrong – are likely to be starters for the England side.
Adam Armstrong – in England’s colors
The other countries in England’s group are hosts Malta, Turkey and Holland, and we begin against Malta on Friday – then play Turkey on Monday, and finish off the group round by playing Holland the following Thursday.
In fact England won the European Championship for the only time back in 2010, when Sunderland’s Connor Wickham played so well and was voted the best player in the tournament, when we beat Spain 2-1 in the final.
Three three years ago Holland won it by beating Germany 5-2 and then won it the next year by beating Germany again, this time 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Last year Russia won it when they beat Italy 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 scoreline in regular play.
This is what Adam Armstrong has said today on the Newcastle web-site:
“I can’t wait for the games to begin,” “It’s a great tournament and I’m really looking forward to it.” “Hopefully we can win the tournament. We’re going there to win it so we need to do the business.¨
“Anything can happen but we’re just going to go into it thinking we can win, and hopefully we will.¨ “It’s a massive competition and you’ve seen loads of top players who’ve played in it, so I want to be the next big name.”
“Hopefully I can push on and be top goalscorer at the finals.””It means everything when you’ve got that England badge on, knowing that you’re playing for your country. I don’t think there’s anything better than that.”
“That gives me a lot of confidence to take into the tournament. Obviously some of the lads at England haven’t done it so for me to do that is amazing.” “I’m really good mates with Freddie so me and him will have a bit of banter over here and hopefully we can win the tournament.”
Armstrong scored seven goals in qualifying competition, but we had some big wins like 4-0 against Armenia and 8-0 against Gibraltar, and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was also one of England’s star performers in the Elite qualifying rounds a month or so ago.
Just think if England win and Adam Armstrong and Freddie are star men and Adam wins the Golden Player Award.
The Golden Player Award was won in 2002 by a certain Wayne Rooney, by Spain’s Cesc Fabregas in 2004, by Toni Kroos of Germany in 2006, by Connor Whickham of England in 2010, and by England’s Adam Armstrong in 2014.
There’s a (potential) mistake in that last sentence – or is it a prediction – just checking that you are awake. 😀