Freddie Woodman was star man for England as they progressed to the semi-finals of the Under2 20s World Cup on Monday.

The Young Lions defeated Mexico 1-0 in a hard fought game with Liverpool’s new signing Solanke getting the winning goal.

However, Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman was the man of the match, making some stunning saves in each half to keep a match winning clean sheet.

The final stages saw England down to 10 men after a red card – but the young England keeper was equal to it.

Modestly though, the 20 year old preferred to credit the players in front of him for making his job easier.

Thursday sees a rematch with Italy for a place in Sunday’s final, the Italians having defeated England at the semi-final stage in the 2016 Under 19 European Championships.

Freddie Woodman:

“We had to dig in at the end but I thought we played well otherwise.

“The decision didn’t go our way with the sending off, but I felt that we dealt with it well afterwards, and we knew they were going to come at us and put crosses in the box.

“The lads in front of me were excellent and we’re happy with the result, but it’s easy for me when you’ve got a great set of players in front of you, ten guys who are willing to put their body on the line and defend.

“It looks good with the clean sheet for a goalkeeper but it’s about the boys in front of me who make the job easier.

“I just work hard on focusing my emotions and I try to play the game every five minutes, if we get to 95 minutes and we’ve got a result then I’m buzzing.

“I felt like we were always in control, we knew they were going to throw everything at us because it’s the quarter-final of a World Cup, but we just had to keep doing what we were doing.

“We lost that game 2-1 (Under 19s Euro semi-final v Italy in 2016) and it hurt at the time.

“But we had to quickly move on and we’ll just approach it as a World Cup semi-final.

“There’s no sort of revenge, we’re just looking forward to another game, another good opponent and a chance to get to a World Cup final, that’s how we’ll approach it.”

Quarter-Finals Results:

Venezuela 2 USA 1

Portugal 2 Uruguay 2 (Uruguay won 5-4 on penalties)

Italy 3 Zambia 2 (after extra time)

Mexico 0 England 1

Semi-Finals:

Thursday 8 June

Venezuela v Uruguay

Italy v England

3rd/4th Place Play-Off

Sunday 11 June

Final

Sunday 11 June

England Matches so far:

Group games:

England 3 Argentina 0

England 1 Guinea 1

England 1 South Korea 0

Last 16:

England 2 Costa Rica 1

Quarter-Finals

England 1 Mexico 0



  • Phil K

    Yeah, Freddie and Elliot should be kept and let Darlow, Sels and Tim Krul go and get a top line keeper in who is used to Premier atmosphere. Krul was great. I gather he’s let himself go a little in Holland, and isn’t the keeper he once was before his injury. Darlow – too many unforced errors. Sels – too many disastrous errors when called upon. Elliot showed what a reliable keeper can do to defence when he came back. For first time, reasonably solid – an even better keeper like Reina would do wonders. But Elliot and Woodman as back ups

    • Geordiegiants

      The poor kid won’t stand a chance the way our fans go on.

      • Phil K

        Why do you think any other club is different ? Poor Alnwick wasn’t up to the standard required, but he got support until it was clear he didn’t measure up

  • Geordiegiants

    I really hope that this lad is as good as he is expected to be. He will have huge expectation on him when/if he ever makes the first team.