Rumours earlier on Sunday that Newcastle United were to recall Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at Crawley Town.

The 18 year old is currently in Skopje with England Under 19s, but after Tuesday’s European Championship qualifier against Italy, various north east media claimed that the goalkeeper will then head to Newcastle rather than Crawley.

Now Freddie Woodman himself has confirmed that this is the case.

The young keeper used his Twitter account to say he was ‘gutted to be leaving’ Crawley Town so quickly:

“Thanks for all the messages gutted to be leaving Crawley Town so early into the season! Learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.”

Both Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong can be recalled at any time due to the nature of their loan arrangement and with Karl Darlow out injured and the shock news that Tim Krul will now miss the rest of the season

Woodman is expected to be on the bench against Norwich next Sunday, with Rob Elliot in the starting eleven.

The past few days have seen Freddie Woodman keeping clean sheets against both Macedonia and Finland, England winning both matches and Adam Armstrong scoring one of the goals that beat Macedonia.

Grabbing his chance of first team football with both hands, Woodman has impressed and helped his loan club to 18th place in League Two, despite some tough games where he has seen plenty action.