Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong scored the goal that gave the England U18 side a narrow 1-0 win over Switzerland tonight, but England should have had more than the one goal the Newcastle striker scored.
Adam Armstrong in action tonight
Armstrong scored the goal just after half time, after England had made a shaky start to the game at St. George’s Park, but had come on strongly in the first half.
Armstrong almost set up a goal for Louis Reed of Sheffield United in the first 45 minutes, when he cut the ball back nicely for the Blades forward, but Reed shot just wide.
Three minutes into the second half and Adam Armstrong was sprung clear, and his first shot was well saved by impressive goalkeeper Kobel, put Adam put the ball into the back of the net at the second attempt.
England were the better side in the second half but Switzerland had their goalkeeper Kobel to thank for restricting England to just the single goal.
England play Switzerland again on Saturday at Walsall’s Banks’ Stadium at 5.30pm, and coach Neil Dewsnip will be hoping for some better finishing from his England team.
England U18: (4-1-2-1-2): 1 Magnus Norman (Farnborough, on-loan from Fulham); 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 5 Tosin Adarabioyo (Manchester City), 6 Taylor Moore (RC Lens), 3 Callum Connolly (Everton); 4 Ryan Ledson (C) (Everton); 8 Louis Reed (Sheffield United), 11 Josh Sims (Southampton); 10 Sheyi Ojo (Wigan Athletic, on-loan from Liverpool); 18 Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United), 9 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea).
Goals: Armstrong 48
Head coach: Neil Dewsnip
Switzerland U18: 1 Gregord Kobel; 2 Samir Bajrami (C), 4 Mirlind Kryeziu, 5 Adonis Ajeti, 3 Linus Obexer; 7 Neftali Manzambi, 6 Remo Arnold, 8 Noah Sylvestre, 11 Bruno Ferreira Moragado; 9 Boris Babic, 10 Harun Alpsoy
Head coach: Claude Ryf