Newcastle Youngster Is Star As England Take Holland Apart 4-1
While the senior team were boring to death the handful of people who bothered turning up to watch the Norway clash at Wembley, it was Adam Armstrong who was the star of the show as England Under 18s took Holland apart to win 4-1.
The England team boasted a hardcore of players who were responsible for the superb Under 17s European Champion glory in Malta earlier this year and carried on the good work.
The match was at Leigh Sports Village (though maybe they’ll consider televising the ENgland youth for viewers next time at Wembley rather than Hodgson’s impotent team) and the Dutch took an early lead.
England had started well and a superb run and through ball by Adam Armstrong had put Southampton’s Josh Sims through on goal but he delayed his shot just too long. Holland then went straight up the other end and scored through Marlon Slabbekoorn.
With the visitors threatening to get on top it was Armstrong who leveled things, striking a great equaliser with his left foot from just inside the box.
The Newcastle striker then became provider in the 38th minute by setting up Sims to put England 2-1 up and then the fightback was completed by half-time with Armstrong grabbing his second. This time he slipped past his marker and on this occasion completed the job with his right foot.
Demetri Mitchell made it 4-1 on 51 minutes and then it was Armstrong’s turn in the spotlight again, just clearing the crossbar from twenty five yards and then denied his hat-trick again when the Dutch keeper produced a great save.
If handled correctly Newcastle United (and England) look to have the real deal on their hands with Adam Armstrong, a Geordie Number nine could be on the cards in the not too distant future.
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