Adam Armstrong captained the England U18 side on Saturday when they hammered Switzerland 6-1 and Adam had scored two brilliant goals in the first half and just minutes into the second half England coach Neil Dewsnip replaced the Newcastle 18 year-old.
Adam Armstrong – needs to be given his chance this season
Just 45 minutes played but once again Adam showed he can become a big player for both Newcastle and England in the future.
Adam was captain last Saturday and he gave a good interview after the game and even talked about leadership
“With Ryan Ledson absent, there was a chance there and I put my name forward to Neil.” “He had asked in the meeting if anyone wanted to be captain, and I was straight up and let him know that I wanted it and I’m honored he gave me it.”
“You have a big responsibility captaining England.” “All the lads are looking up to you, but when you are on the pitch with this team it feels like there are 11 captains out there.”
“I’ve captained Newcastle in the Youth Cup, but this was amazing. It’s a special feeling leading out your country.” “Do I feel like a leader? I would say so. With me being in Newcastle’s first-team, every day I’m gaining more and more experience.”
“On matchdays I see how our captain Fabricio Coloccini speaks and acts around the dressing-room – that has helped me understand what I needed to do before the game.”
“All my family are mad England fans, it’s always mental in the house whenever there’s a World Cup or the Euros are on.” “So for them to see me captain an England side is not just amazing for me, it’s amazing for them too.”
Those are good words from the 18 year-old Geordie.
John Carver says he is not ready, but maybe John should watch the goals he scored last Saturday, and in any case nobody is ever really ready – but they have to be given a chance.
I remember once at IBM I was promoting one of the up-and-coming people in the group to a top management job, and they were reticent to take the job because they had never been in management before, and thought they weren’t ready.
But I explained that when you get a new challenging job, by definition you have never done it before, and therefore in that sense you are never ready for it – simply because you haven’t done it before.
Anyway, he thought about it overnight, and took the job and he was quite young at the time – but in eight years he was a Vice President at IBM – and he fulfilled his enormous early promise.
And it’s the same with young Adam Armstrong – he’s only not ready because he hasn’t played many games for Newcastle yet.
Put the lad in and let him show what he can do – he’s a potentially top young player in the making for his home town club.
That’s the only way you will bring young players through – by giving them their chance.
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