A Freddie Woodman clean sheet sends young England stars through to Euros finals
A real debut to remember for Freddie Woodman as a clean sheet for the England Under 21s helped seal a place in next year’s European Championships finals.
The Newcastle keeper showed no nerves as he made the step up.
England were the dominant team but Freddie Woodman coolly handled anything that Kazakhstan threw at him.
A goal in the sixth minute from Demarai Gray, combined with the clean sheet, means England qualify for the Under 21s Euros with a game still to play.
Newcastle United’s Isaac Hayden was on the bench but stayed there for the duration.
Kazakhstan Under 21s 0 England Under 21s 1
England Under-21s: 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 2 Mason Holgate (Everton), 5 Calum Chambers (Middlesbrough, loan from Arsenal), 6 Rob Holding (Arsenal), 3 Brendan Galloway (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Everton); 8 James Ward-Prowse (capt; Southampton), 4 Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), 7 Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea); 11 Nathan Redmond (Southampton), 10 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), 9 Demarai Gray (Leicester City).
Substitutes: 17 Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) for Loftus-Cheek 73, 16 Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, loan from Chelsea) for Gray 85.
Substitutes not used: 12 Jack Stephens (Southampton), 13 Christian Walton (Brighton & Hove Albion), 14 Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United), 15 John Swift (Reading), 18 Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur).
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