Whilst his teammates are thousands of miles away in America, Newcastle midfielder Olivier Kemen will tonight attempt to lead his country into the finals of the Under 19 European Championships.

France play Spain tonight in Katerina (Greece) for the chance to play either Greece or Russia in Sunday’s final, that pair also playing later today.

The French Under 19 Captain sat out the opening 1-0 win over Austria but then led his country to victories over both Ukraine (3-1) and Greece (2-0), ensuring qualification for the semi-finals with nine points out of nine.

A big season looms for Olivier Kemen who is still to play for the Newcastle first team, though he came close towards the end of last season when he sat on the bench for three Premier League matches.

The midfielder turns 19 the day after Sunday’s final and after saying he was desperate to go out on loan and get experience at a higher level than the reserve standard.

Hopefully this time Newcastle will recruit enough decent players this summer, to ensure that the likes of Kemen and Adam Armstrong can go out for extensive loan periods.

Good luck to the Newcastle player tonight and fingers crossed he will progress to be a Premier League player at St James Park.