Rolando Aarons made an impressive England debut for the U20 side tonight and scored a goal in the process.
Rolando Aarons in action against Romania
England won easily 6-0 in the game at Telford against Romania, and England manager was there to see the youngsters play – and we’re sure Roy has heard all about Rolando in pre-season in the Newcastle team.
The 18 year-old transformed the game last Saturday at home to Crystal Palace when he scored one and made one after he came on after 68 minutes.
If only he had been brought on earlier or had started, Newcastle could have won that won that game – but we didn’t – and we have just 2 points from the first three games.
And tonight, after it was a frustrating half for England and 0-0 at half time, Aarons scored the first goal and unleashed the flood gates and more goals came from Josh Murphy, Lewis Baker, Kwame Thomas and two from Callum Robinson.
The 6-0 win gave Aidy Boothroyd a perfect start to his reign in charge of the U20 side.
Newcastle star youngster Aarons celebrates his first goal for England
Matt Targett and John Swift played well to get the ball to Aaron in the box, and the 18 tear-old held off a defender before firing home off a post to put England ahead.
Rolando played 79 minutes of the game, and he has now scored in two successive games, after scoring for Newcastle shortly after coming on last Saturday against Crystal Palace.
And Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles, who played his first game of the season for Nottingham Forest last weekend, after recovering from injury, was an unused substitute tonight.
We wouldn’t be too surprised if Aarons get a shot in the England U21 side shortly, especially if he continues to star for Newcastle.
That’s always assuming he’s given enough playing time by Alan Pardew.
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