Newcastle local lad Adam Armstrong has been praised by England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd for his displays so far for the England U21 side.
Both goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and Adam are in the England U21 squad playing in the Toulouse Tournament and England have won it the last couple of years.
Armstrong has now played twice for the England U21 side and has a goal and an assist to his name.
England will play Scotland in the semi-finals having qualified as the best runner-up in the tournament with 7 points from their three games.
Adam Armstrong on loan at Blackburn – 9 goals in 21 appearances this year
Mexico, Scotland, and Turkey were the three group winners, and both semi-finals will take place tomorrow.
This is what manager Aidy Boothroyd has said about Adam Armstrong:
“He has found his pathway blocked at this level, but when I called him to ask him to come and play here, he could not have been more enthusiastic.”
“It has probably been frustrating for him, not getting picked for squads, but he has come in and done brilliantly.”
“He has probably been our best player at the tournament and I cannot speak highly enough of him.
“We’ve got a number of new players who have emerged at this tournament and they will be putting pressure on the more established names in the squad, and that is precisely what we want.”
Even though Adam is doing well for the England U21 side, we still expect him to be sold by Rafa Benitez this summer.
Rafa will take a close look at him in preseason, but the manager may have already made up his mind about the Chapel House youngster.
Adam has played 51 times for the various England youth sides and has scored 31 goals.
He scored an impressive 9 goals in 21 games for Blackburn this year while on loan.
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