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Newcastle’s England Hero Speaks To The Press About His Future

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.”

“C’mon, Toons!!!”

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.

Comments welcome.

169 comments so far

  • Ben Afri

    Jun 12, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t imagine Rafa saying, “C’mon, Toons!!!”

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    quite possibly the rules have changed but i remember agent bruce loaning 3 players from arsenal all at the same time when he was Brum’s manager

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    A club can only loan 1 player from a PL team. If the team is outside of the prem then we can loan multiple players.

    Quite a bit of conjecture regarding our actual targets, leaks happen in any business and probably more so in football. I can’t remember a deal being done where someone has thought that’s come out of the blue.

    So far in this window we have moved slowly which isn’t a good sign. Also most of the players we’ve recently been linked to are poor…..barring bats

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    “C’mon, Toons!!!”

    Good grief Rafa. Pull yourself together man. That simply won’t do at all.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Detention and lines for you me lad.
    Write out 500 times I must not say “C’mon toons”
    Then report to the tea lady afterwards for your morning tea and biscuits.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Hadn’t seen this before but best wishes for his recovery.
    Former Newcastle United striker Andrew Cole says he’s recovering following his recent kidney transplant operation.
    The former footballer initially suffered kidney failure in 2015 as a result of contracting an airborne virus. Cole said: “It’s been tough, it’s gonna be tough…fingers crossed I’ll keep going the way I have been, keep recovering.”

  • nightfa11

    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    From previous post..

    Mitro will probably be sold to raise the funds and Tammy will be his replacement for the season..


    Although I am starting to like Bakambu..mix between lukaku and benteke..

  • G

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I did enjoy this match yesterday. Probably more so than England vs Scotland at the weekend. It was nice to see England’s kids win something. Well done to all the players, particular the Woodman and Armstrong.

  • Rafabomb

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Move over tammy, cant make your mind up then do one, want players who want to play for our club and 50 odd thousand fans

  • martoon

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    “C’mon, Toons!!!” – While Rafa’s English is excellent he still has a bit to learn before mastering Geordie! 😀

  • corkypants

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Every game I saw bakambu play on the box last year he all ways looked really good he would be a great addition!!!


    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Aye certainly dont want players who care about there careers here

  • Rafabomb

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    We aint a “stepping club” but to me he is going for a long jump thinking he’s already proofed himself ha….

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not in the least bit surprised by TA taking his time. 99% of players will. He feels like he is a commodity in demand, and his agent will certainly be telling him he is. Objective for them both is to get in the spotlight, wait for offers and counter bids, an auction treaty. Then take the most lucrative.
    Rafa’s intentions are admirable – get business done and players in early. Love it!
    But I don’t think players and agents give a stuff about that.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #15

    *an auction really, I meant.


    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Until we are atleast in the CL we aren’t where top players want to be. As for his quality he was one of the top league scorer at 19 in a poor team and has the champions of England grooming him to be part of their squad

    Not sure why he should feel he’s not worth a chance

  • martoon

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    sing in the corner – Also as somebody posted earlier we’re a newly promoted club and although we fans find it hard to believe a player may see an established Premier League club such as the likes of WBA or Stoke as a better option. Of course we do have the ‘Rafa factor’ and our massive home support in our favour.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye that was me earlier 🙂
    You’re right, Rafa factor is a big asset.
    The 52000 fans one is interesting.
    Depending who you listen to / read it oscillates from being a great positive to a nerve shredding millstone round players’ necks.
    The ‘heavy shirt’ bollicks that gets bandied about every now and then..

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Who’s linked us with bakambu? Press or people on here?
    Either way he’d be a very astute signing. Plenty of pace and power, natural finisher and quite clever with his movement and awareness of teammates. Sign him up if possible.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m starting think nothing will happen until July 1st earliest as players agents want best deal and contracts start and end then. Frustrating for rafa and us all but hopefully rafa has 5 players earmarked in every position he wants ready to go as soon as things start moving so if we lose out we simply move on to thd next one. I’d like to think rafa will get his main targets in asap but given only the biggest moves seem to happen and only if clubs aren’t fighting for the player I doubt it.

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #21

    The biggest fact there is in football,? its footballers and there agents are greedy, they really dont care who the manager is or what club they will sign for, its all about the money.
    Players know they could sign today with one manager, and have a new manager next week, and will just get on with it.
    We the fans love our club, but not many others do or will.
    if we are going to sign anyone, it will be because we give them the right money and his agent gets a few quid in his pocket.
    the RAFA affect might work on really young kids who have not made the money yet, but not many senior players.

  • nightfa11

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #22

    we offered 20 mio? its good to see we;re not playing around..but 20 mio could be used on a better player..


  • jayphoto

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #23

    wouldn’t surprise me if TA is waiting on seeing who clubs sign. Hes going to be looking at going to a club that create chances, if his choices are brighton or nufc, currently both squads without additions are going to have a tough season.
    Similarly with Newcastle especially, he might be wondering how many minutes he’s going to get as we already have a big centre forward of international level that didn’t get many starts

  • jayphoto

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #24

    That leigh Griffiths rumour is the worst one yet.. clearly his agent riding on the crest of a wave, his stock will never be higher, guessing he’s trying to engineer a move to the premier league. Can’t see us being interested to be honest.
    Saw we were linked with Danny Ings at the weekend… that would make a lot of sense

  • hibbit

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25


    that’s fulhams way of telling us how much they want for Cairney

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Jay – good points. A bit chicken and the egg isn’t it. You want players to sign but they wait to see real ambition before they do. It’s key to get some top class players in soon to keep the impetus going. Build on the momentum from last season. I am hoping we get a top class spine in first then whatever comes in after that is a bonus.
    Mangala / Lejeuen
    Fernando / Carvalho
    A top class playmaker
    Batshuayi / Iheanacho

  • john tudor

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #27

    all bluster it will be a cleanout and then a case of make do and mend if goofy is a cert

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #28

    The thing about Danny ings is he was a good striker potentially before horrendous injuries. He would be a huge risk.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Winger/playmaker possibly Boudebouz. Cairney looking unlikely. Mooy has gone very quiet and I have my doubts anyway. He looked good in some games but seemed to disappear in others.

  • YoungMag :P

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #30

    This window couldn’t be anymore uninspiring so far.

    I’m not going to be pessimistic about the season yet though. Still early days. Just wish something would have been finalised already. (Atsu doesn’t count)

  • jayphoto

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Guarentee we won’t sign Hart. Benitez basically wants the same thing from a keeper that Guardiola was after which rules out old school style keepers like Hart.. guys had an absolute nightmare at times in Italy too, really been at fault for a fair amount of goals… seems a different keeper to the young Hart of 5-6 years ago.
    Interestingly, heard from a scout who works with David Moyes a lot, that we watched the Benfica goalkeeper Ederson at least 20 times last season, guess Man City’s crazy money offer left us without a cat in hells chance but makes me think next seasons number 1 probably isn’t currently at the club

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #32

    I say a massive no to Batshuayi. Not that I think he’d be sold anyway. For a few reasons- 1. he’ll be very expensive, can we not actually find our own players? I rather get a player first time round than more expensive after a bad season and 2. wages and 3. We’ve spent so much money and time on “reject” players from the top clubs and they almost always fail. This has happened from about 2005 over and over with all those Man Utd rejects.

    I’d rather our scouts actually did some decent work.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #33

    @gonufc, based on his Chelsea time I’d say Batshuayi hasn’t had a fair craic of the whip there and will probably even more motivated to succeed at his next club?
    Based on what I saw of him at Marseille… don’t really rate him, football brain and decision making is poor… good finisher and a hell of an athlete though but was surprised Chelsea took him. From what I saw in Ligue 1 he’s no better than a fit Loic Remy

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Buying a player on the strength of two goals from free kicks is a bit like buying one from a youtube compilation.

    One thing that could hamper Griffiths if we did happen to sign him is the lack of sunshine on the Toon Winter days, how could he replicate his two efforts without the Suns glare in his eyes.

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #35

    @jay – I agree, he’s barely played and I also agree with how you see him as a player. It’s the fact that he’s already made his big move to England so now we’d have to pay for a Chelsea player who cost 32m a year ago. I really don’t think that’ll be value for money.

    Remy is probably a good comparison of him from what I’ve seen, I agree. Good but not worth it.


    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Being a Remy type player is now a bad thing? Remy was class for us

  • martoon

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #37

    If we did sign Griffiths there would be some interesting scraps for who takes a free kick between him and Shelvey! 😀

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Nufc need to get some players signed up and no one say there’s plenty of time.as other teams are doing there business now,All we hear is where after this player and that

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #39


    It’d be down to the weather. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #40


    Don’t think there is much actual transfer business happening as yet.

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