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England Reach European U17 Final – Armstrong Injured

6:50 pm, Sunday, May 18th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

England beat Portugal 2-0 today at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium in Malta, with second half goals from Solanke after 52 minutes and Roberts after 74 minutes and they are in the final to be played next Wednesday against either Netherlands or Scotland who play later today, and Newcastle defender Kyle Cameron has been named in the starting line-up for Scotland.

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Adam Armstrong – injured and substituted after 36 minutes 🙁

Portugal were much the better side in the first half, and they hit the woodwork three times in that opening period, but England managed to turn things around in the second half and came out winners.

Another surprise was that England in the second half – without their top player, Adam Armstrong – were able to score twice against Portugal, who had previously conceded only one goal in their previous nine games in the campaign.

Solanke got England’s nose in front with a goal after 51 minutes, as England center-back Taylor Moore put a nice ball through,  and Dominic Solanke controlled the ball brilliantly before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Fábio Duarte.

And then Patrick Roberts, who had another excellent game for England, cut in from the right wing, and his shot spun off  defender Rúben Dias and curled over goalkeeper Fábio Duarte to put England two goals up.

Newcastle’s star striker Adam Armstrong and young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman both started the game for England, but Armstrong  was replaced after 36 minutes by Onomah, and unfortunately Adam picked up an injury and will now probably miss the final on Wednesday.

This will be the third final the England U17 side have been in, and they won it back in 2010 when now Sunderland striker  Connor Wickham was the star player of the tournament.

It will be bad news for both Newcastle star Adam Armstrong and England if he cannot make the final.

Late news – Netherlands beat Scotland 5-0 in the other semi-final, and will now meet England ion the final and they beat us 2-0 in the final group game, but England did field a weakened side.

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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Transfer Sage // May 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    This supports what I think that we are starting to produce much better players, it’s not going to change things in a few years but I think in 10 years time England will be doing so much better at senior level too.

    Focus is definitely shifting to more technical aspects of football, it can only be a good thing.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // May 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM


    From previous….

    For me bayern’s and Barca’s goal difference doesn’t interest me, I find them dull to watch in their style. Yes they get goals but it’s a very slow, drawn out build up.

    Give me dortmund, liverpool (or us back in the 90’s) any day ahead of that. Passing with pace, running at people, direct at times, just ll round far more exciting than passing a team to death. Very impressive playing tika taka just not enjoyable for me (obviously better than the guff we get)

    Each to their own though, everyone enjoys different things/styles.

  • 3 Graeme // May 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Jesper, I was in Nigeria, but have projects coming up in Niger, Ghana and Ivory Coast as well. If they all come off, I’ll live in Accra, Ghana.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Graeme…you are not an engineer by any chance?

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Those any of you guys watch “Suits”? If so what you think?

  • 6 Graeme // May 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Shhhhhhhhhh – dont tell anyone lol

  • 7 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Hertha signed Valentin Stocker at 2.640.000 £.

  • 8 Average_Contents // May 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    I like suits Harvey is funny as fcuk

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Graeme…your secret is safe with me mate 😉

    AC…started watching it not so long ago! Needed something new to watch after House of Cards! How’s the original version of that by the way?

  • 10 Nufc-83 // May 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    what do people make of the rumors about singing Payet for possibly as little as 5M?

  • 11 mindcompressor // May 18, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    i hope it is not something serious and he gt well pretty soon. all the best adam!

  • 12 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    He picks up fair amount of goals and assists per season. He wouldn’t be terrible at 6 m £. Especially if you see him as a Marv and Obertan replacement rather than Ben-arfa.

  • 13 Nufc-83 // May 18, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Ye would agree Sazzer fingers crossed

  • 14 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I hope we don’t go for Payet as Marseille are hoping to use the money to bring in Cabella. I know which player I would have !!

  • 15 ilovetoon8788 // May 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    What happened to our prodigy Adam Campbell?

  • 16 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Failed miserably in the Scottish league im afraid mate while on loan

  • 17 niafron // May 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Bonsoir messieurs!

    Someone called for a french specialist? Ahah!

    Payet was an asset of Lille 1 season ago. He showed great skills with more thant 10 goals and 10 assists.

    So he went to Marseille, but he never did it there. Wich costed him a place in the french squad for the WC.

    Commentators gennerally point out his lack of consistency and motivation in Marseille, a High pressure club.

    With some dedication, he could be a valuable winger, but this is clearly a risk to sign him now.

  • 18 beermonkey // May 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM


    he is prob on a beach somewhere tanning himself

    buthe has been onloan at st Mirren not a good loan spell not to many games

  • 19 beermonkey // May 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM


    was he consistant at lille

    if consistency is his problem we have a couple of players with that as a problem
    if its just a case of being loved and an arm round him pardew aint the man for that either

    given your info it could be a risk to sign him but he could also be worth a punt with the right manager

  • 20 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    2 goals in 12 games aint much better than a certain De jong we had on loan………..And look at the slating this guy has taken

  • 21 beermonkey // May 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM


    I did say not a good loan spell

    I could have worded the whole thing a bit better

  • 22 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Hopefully it was just a blip eh mate in the young lad’s career

  • 23 niafron // May 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM


    At Lille, he was. But he look better in a quiet place, was maybe too much pressure for him in Marseille…

  • 24 beermonkey // May 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM


    needs to go where he will get games but he should have gone out last year


    we might nit be the place for him
    our goldfish bowl

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    So he could be classed as a confidence player maybe?

    If he is and us struggling with expectation it’s prob best to go with someone more established rather than a team shot of confidence to play in front of 52000 frustrated and expectant Geordies!

  • 26 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // May 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    If I’m honest, I feel guilty for wanting these good young players to come to us as through a partnership of club apathy and Pardew’s strange decisions all good young players seem to end up ruined here.

    M’Biwa is a prime example.

    Alan, he is not a f%cking right back!!

  • 27 niafron // May 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    To say it clearly, this is a real gamble and i would not bet on him…

    Well, sure, it depend of the fee and the wages.

  • 28 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    This summer’s transition at Nufc requires all signings to be first team regulars who we can rely on week in week out. How you are describing Payet………seems in very similar mould to what we already have in benny. So personally do not see any point in bringing the lad in buddy really

  • 29 beermonkey // May 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM


    I agree there
    I just don’t think were the place for him

    but if he come lets hope he aint such a gamble

  • 30 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Cabella, Valbuena and Thauvin under Biesla would be sick if they can generate enough money for Cabella. Selling Payet will only get them a half or a third of Cabellas fee though. I guess Ayew or Valbuena might get sold if they go for Cabella.

  • 31 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I don’t believe we can afford the luxury of carrying flair players anymore unless they can contribute week in week out.
    For me if we are going to follow the foreign contingent again then Siem de jong has to be a shout as he is available for around the 7 mill mark. The problem there is whether his Bro shed’s us in a good light or not

  • 32 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    How are ya pal.
    From what I can gather Marseille are in a dire mess with there finances, And have to sell before buying.
    Now why does that sound familiar ??lol

  • 33 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Would you take 1 Cabella at 12 m £ or both Payet + De Jong at the same price?

  • 34 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    OOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhh now there’s a dilemma mate. De jong definitely all day long. Belhanda would be a better option imo over Payet

  • 35 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Consider they are prepared to sell Payet at half his price from last year makes you think they need sell to pay of their debts.

  • 36 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    We missed out on Belhanda unless things get even worse in Ukraine I think he will stay there. He look quite happy here:

  • 37 beermonkey // May 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM


    were gonna carry most of the new players as there going to be foreign and they always seem to need a good 6 mnths before they settle
    we wont get them in before pre season causing another problem

    so a young player that needs the arm round him wouldn’t be much different

    although I don’t believe pardew is an arm round them manager

  • 38 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I think I read somewhere that every player is transferable apart from maybe Thauvin. Just goes to show pal that maybe being ran so were financially stable is not such a bad thing after all.
    If we could get Payet back to a consistent form then I would take him. But I see him as no different to Benny who has not shown half the talent he could be

  • 39 jazzyp // May 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Ya maybe right mate as this is usually the case with Nufc.
    Personally as I keep saying I would like to see us bring an English influx to the squad as I see this quite achievable with the players that are available. Micah Richards and Caulker at the heart of our defence sounds pretty damn tasty don’t ya think ??

  • 40 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if this club were run like a business as long as it did so well. Right now are we run like billboard in need of maintaince.

  • 41 // May 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Two-Course Meal for Two – Only £9.90 (usually £19.80)

    Treat yourself this week at Marmaris BBQ House, opposite St James Park

  • 42 lesh // May 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Beermonkey, your reply to Niafron (‘we might nit be the place for him’) was classic Allo Allo Franglaise.

    Nice one


  • 43 Sazzer // May 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    #NUFC have fee agreed with Montpellier for Remy Cabella but all comes down to whether player wants the move.

    Interesting account this. Unless they have cleaned up their tweets then they have us interested in Berahino, Redmond, Lasogga and Cabella.

    Nothing on Payet, Richards, Milner.

    They have Rodwell linked with Swansea.

    And they denied Shelvey link, Malky link, Alex Song and Sherwood link.

    Also they believe Nottingham might move for Sammy and Ben-arfa to Inter.

    The seem to have missed the Gosling deal.

  • 44 lesh // May 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Given the atmosphere and animosity towards Ashley and Pardew, we surely need an influx of experienced pros who’ll be oblivious to fans venting their speens at matches?

    There experience and professionalism (if we can identify any such players these days) would enable them to ride the storms of fan and media frustrations and hopefully bring an air of confidence to SJP, thus helping younger players longer term.

    Well, maybe but I’m not really convinced that next season’ll be any different from last as long if we continue operating in kamikazi mode!

  • 45 gazzaforever // May 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Payet is inconsistant and pretty average at best. We got Gouffran already. Same kind of player. Cabella is really good but I bet he wont come here.

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