This England Team Can Win – Make It To Last Four

19 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman helped England U-19s make it two wins in a row in Group B to book their place in the last four of the European U-19 Championships in Germany.

England came from behind in Ulm and substitute Izzy Brown’s stoppage-time goal secured the win against Holland this afternoon.

It’s good to see an England team that can win when it matters, after the disappointment and pathetic showing of the full England side in France this summer.

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Freddie Woodman in action for England today

Sam Lammers had put Holland ahead after only 10 minutes as he easily beat Woodman, but England came back and it was Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke who equalized after 36 minutes to make the score 1-1 at the half.

In that first half Holland had some good chances to add to their score, but a combination of good defending and some excellent goalkeeping from Woodman kept the scores level at half time.

And then in a dramatic end to the game it was another Chelsea player, Izzy Brown who hit the ball home beautifully with his left foot two minutes into stoppage time to secure a great win for England.

This is what a delighted England coach Aidy Boothroyd said after the game:

“It’s an 18-man squad and we believe that we have to be ready to play all 18 players.”

“If you play the same 11 every game then sometimes, if you’ve got the wrong characters then they can react in the wrong way. Thankfully we’ve got really good characters.”

“We said from the start that everybody’s going to be needed – there’ll be games when, tactically, people might need to come out to come in and win the game later on, and everybody accepts that.”

“We’re in a situation where subs must come on and perform – we can’t have anybody sulking. We tend to be together as a team and as a squad.”

“We have a good relationship with the players, and discuss tactics so they understand game-plans.”

“We just felt today that we needed to make sure that we were very solid defensively because the Dutch are a very good team.”

“But that there might be one or two openings that we could create on counter-attacks.”

“I thought it was a very tight game between two good teams,” “The Dutch probably shaded the first half but we were better in the second half.”

“They had some good chances in the first half which we managed to defend with some last-ditch tackles and some good saves from our goalkeeper.”

“In the second half I think the effect of having a man sent off in the first game meant we had a little more left in the tank than they did and we managed to get the win.”

“I think a draw would have been fair for both teams.” (take the win Aidy)

Woodman again played the whole game for England and he is one of the stars of the side.

England’s final game of Group B is on Monday against Croatia.

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