Freddie Woodman was the England hero yesterday when England won the U20 World Championship for the first time ever.
England were 1-0 up at the half, but in the second half Venezuela came storming back into the game and it was Freddie who made some outstanding saves to keep the clean sheet and that included a simply brilliant save from a penalty with just 15 minutes to go in the game.
Freddie Woodman makes one of his brilliant saves in the second half yesterday
The England boys got top billing in the National newspapers yesterday and Freddie was England’s best player and won the Golden Glove award for the tournament – awarded to the best goalkeeper at the tournament.
England don’t win many tournaments (that’s a huge understatement) so the journalists took their opportunity to go to town yesterday and certainly it was a wonderful win by our youngsters.
There was talk about how England’s future now looks very bright and all that kind of stuff …..
Freddie was interviewed in the Telegraph and had this to say about his future:
“I am not sure what will happen at Newcastle.” “I am just waiting for them to tell me when I am back in pre-season.”
“I am a Newcastle player and my goal is to play for Newcastle one day.”
And Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was quick to issue his own personal message of congratulations for the England U20 side and the two Newcastle players in the squad:
“England has just won the U-20 World Cup Tournament in South Korea.”
“Congratulations to everyone for a great achievement, but especially to two of our players, Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong, both part of the England team.”
“It has been a fantastic experience for their development.”
“Let’s enjoy it for a while and be sure you will be ready for the next season.”
Adam Armstrong played his part in getting Langland to the final but he wasn’t able to get on in the final.
We expect both of England’s U20 players to go out on loan, probably to Championship club for next season, so they get adequate first team playing time, which will greatly help with their development.