Another victory for ever present young Newcastle star as England cruise into semi-finals
As England glided into the semi-finals of the European Under 19 Championships, young Newcastle star Freddie Woodman became one of only three to be in the first eleven in all the group games.
Monday saw England defeat Croatia 2-1 to make it three wins out of three, with only Freddie Woodman and Taylor Moore & Josh Onomah starting all 3 games.
This followed 2-1 victories over both France and Holland.
Portugal & France face each other in one semi-final, whilst the Newcastle keeper and his England team-mates line up against Italy on Thursday.
By reaching the last four, England have already qualified for the Under 20 World Cup in 2017.
An Izzy Brown goal and a self-inflicted one from Croatia sent England two up after only 10 minutes, with the Young Lions the better team throughout.
Freddie Woodman made one excellent save and looked solid otherwise, it taking a stunning 25 yard striker to beat him just past the hour mark to give Croatia a consolation goal.
England U19 starting 11 v Croatia:
Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United), Taylor Moore (RC Lens), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Reece Oxford (West Ham United), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Ledson (Everton), Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool), 17 Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic), Izzy Brown (Chelsea).
Before the tournament Freddie Woodman said:
“We’ve got to go there with the mentality that we can win it. A lot of people will see our team and be frightened of us.
“We do turn up for the big games and we’ve got a lot of players who have played in the league in every position.
“I think the most important thing is we’re the closest bunch of lads I’ve ever been involved with as a team. I don’t think you’ll find a better team out there, everything’s done right.
“Training’s good, we prepare right and as soon as we get to the game, we’re in game mode and switched on to get the job done.”
“We’ve got to go there and say we can win it. People are going to fear us. We’ve got to stay a little bit humble, but also go there with the presence; this is our title, and we’ve got to regain it.
“This time, coming into this tournament, we’re favourites, and I don’t think last time we were favourites – we just went out, played and hoped for the best, and somehow we won it.
“But it’ll be interesting to see what happens. I can’t wait to get out there and get back playing football matches.”
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