Young Newcastle star Paul Woolston has played a key role in helping England qualify for the Under 17 World Cup finals in Chile later this year.
After being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Under 17 Euros, England had to beat Spain to grab a place at those October World Cup finals.
The 16 year old NUFC keeper made it three clean sheets out of five against Spain but he paid a heavy price.
Woolston had made some vital saves and then with the match still goalless in the final moments of the contest, he was ‘challenged’ by Spain’s Jose Maria Amo.
After a long delay the United keeper was unable to continue and was replaced by Leeds United’s Will Huffer.
Knowing he was second fiddle to Paul Woolston, Huffer had recently prophetically referenced Tim Krul’s penalty shoot-out drama in Brazil last summer, saying that ‘I may get on in the first minute or the last…..it is possible to have a big impact even if you’re not number on’.
So it proved, with Will Huffer making the vital save that sent England through 5-3 on penalties to the Under 17 World Cup finals.