Young Newcastle star helps steer England into semi-finals of Euros
Young Newcastle star Freddie Woodman and his England team-mates have once again done everybody proud.
Together with Adam Armstrong, Woodman helped England to the Under 17 Euros title two years ago and now the Newcastle keeper is hoping to follow up, though Armstrong has had to miss out due to injury.
A brilliant display by Freddie Woodman on Tuesday had helped the England Under 19s defeat France and Friday has seen the Young Lions defeat Holland in their second group match.
With one group game still to go (v Croatia on Monday), England have already qualified for the Euro Under 19s semi finals plus it also gives them qualification for the Under 20 World Cup in 2017.
Today’s win came in totally different circumstances to the one over France. On Tuesday England went two up within the first nine minutes only to rely on Woodman to keep them ahead and see out a 2-1 win as the French threw everything at them.
Today though, it was the Dutch who took the lead after only 10 minutes, a defensive clearance falling at the feet of Lammers who put Holland one up.
However, Solanke on 36 minutes and Brown in the final seconds dramatically gave England the win and qualification for the semi-finals.
Freddie Woodman having a relatively quiet final 80 minutes of the game but doing everything asked of him to help deliver the victory.
England U19 starting 11 v Holland:
Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United), Reece Oxford (West Ham United), Taylor Moore (RC Lens) (c), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Rossiter (Glasgow Rangers), Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic).
Subs: 10 Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) for Solanke 62, 11 Isaiah Brown (Chelsea) for Lookman 75
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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