Newcastle’s 19 year-old young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman had an outstanding game yesterday for the England U-19 team as they beat France 2-1 in Germany in their opening match of the U-19 European Championships.
Freddie is highly rated at Newcastle and he showed why that is with a string of great saves that saw England hang on for a great victory after they had gone 2-0 up in the first 9 minutes of the game.
Freddie Woodman – had a great game for England U-19s yesterday
England dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game and were 2-0 up through an own goal from Jerome Onguene after 3 minutes and a goal from Solanke after 9 minutes.
But then France’s Jean-Kevin Augustin almost scored after 22 minutes, but Freddie Woodman brilliantly parried the effort away from the goal – the first of a string of excellent saves from the Newcastle goalkeeper.
The Les Bleus scored after 33 minutes as Augustin this time was successful as he met Amine Harit’s free-kick and brilliantly flicked the ball home past a helpless Woodman.
France went close a few times in the second half as they pushed strongly for the equalizer, but Woodman in the England goal was at his best and kept everything out.
And Boothroyd’s lads got the vital opening win that puts them in second place in Group B behind the Netherlands, who had beaten Croatia earlier yesterday.
England will now meet the Netherlands on Friday with a win getting England through to the last four of the competition.
Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong is not participating in the tournament because he’s not fully fit and is spending the week in Ireland with Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle squad.
Here’s the England side and maybe Rafa is keeping tabs on some of these young players?
England U19s (4-1-3-2): 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 5 Taylor Moore (RC Lens – captain), 15 Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), 3 Callum Connolly (Everton); 4 Jordan Rossiter (Rangers); 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), 10 Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool), 8 Joshua Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur); 9 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), 11 Isaiah Brown (Chelsea)
Substitutions: 12 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur) for Connolly, 65; 7 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) for Ojo, 65; 14 Ryan Ledson (Everton) for Brown, 78
Unused substitutes: 13 Sam Howes (West Ham United – goalkeeper), 6 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 16 Reece Oxford (West Ham United), 17 Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic)
Goals: England – Jerome Onguene (own goal – 3), Solanke (9) – France Jean-Kevin Augustin (33)
Bookings: Abraham (75), Solanke (86)
Head coach: Aidy Boothroyd