Three Newcastle Players In England U18 Squad

Adam Armstrong is training with the England U18 side for two games with Russia next week, and the 18 year-old Newcastle lad has again been named as captain by manager Neil Dewsnip, with regular skipper Ryan Ledson of Everton out injured.

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Adam Armstrong in England’s colors

Two other Newcastle players, goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and Daniel Barlaser, who is a 6 ft tall winger, was born in Gateshead and is of Turkish descent.

Dan Barlaser

Daniel Barlaser – young Newcastle winger

All three Newcastle youngsters are with the U-18 side this week.

Adam is just pleased we managed to avoid the drop to the Championship in our last game of the season,  and this is what he has said while preparing for the two games in Moscow next week:

“I picked up a little knock and had to miss the last game of the season, which was obviously gutting for me, but I’m ready to go now.”

“It was a massive relief that we managed to stay up, and the lads did excellent to defeat West Ham on the last day.” “Being a fan as well, that’s given me a massive buzz coming into this trip.”

“When you have the England armband, it is of course a big responsibility, but I have always believed that you should have 11 captains on the pitch – so in that sense it doesn’t make too much of a difference,” 

“It’s my first time captaining for a full trip, so of course I’m really proud. I have to admit that when I saw Lego (17 year-old Ryan Ledson of Everton) was injured, I was hoping to get it again after wearing it against Switzerland and thankfully Neil has given it to me and it’s a big boost.”

“There comes a few different responsibilities with being made captain, such as making sure the lads are all wearing the same gear when we eat and things like that, but it doesn’t really bother me, it’s something I really enjoy.”

The England manager Neil Dewsnip had this to say on the FA web-site about young Adam Armstrong:

“Adam captained the team against Switzerland at Walsall and he handled the responsibility very well.”  “He is well respected by his team-mates and it did not seem to hinder him in any way,”

“Sometimes being captain for your country can be a real challenge for some people, but he seems to relish it.”

“He scored twice last time and performed extremely well – now the challenge for him is to go out and produce the same.”

We’ll be following the two games in Moscow next week, and lets hope all three Newcastle lads get a run-out.

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