Young Newcastle star Olivier Kemen captained the French Under 19s to victory over England on Tuesday night.
United’s Freddie Woodman watched from the bench as France went two up in 50 minutes before a late 79th minute effort gave them hope.
Kemen of course was on the bench for the first time when Newcastle lost 2-1 at St. James’ Park against Arsenal in the last Preemier LEague game.
Turning 19 in the summer, Olivier Kemen was actually substituted in the 67th minute with France two up.
The match report on the official English FA website doesn’t give any reason as to why the Newcastle player came off, though the fact he was replaced does possibly hint at an injury, as it is unusual to replace your captain unless totally necessary.
The match was also an important one and not a run of the mill friendly, as victory for France meant that they qualified for the 2015 Euros at England’s expense.
With Kemen at last getting involved with the Newcastle first team and playing a key role for his country, fingers crossed that he comes out of the match ok and can continue his progress at United.
Yesterday brought reports that last night’s unused substitute, Freddie Woodman, is being targeted by both Southampton and Arsenal with regeards to a potential summer move.
Obviously it is essential Newcastle keep hold of the most promising young players, as even if one of them comes through into the first team it is a massive boost, with so few players generally making it through from Premier League academies to the first team.