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Young Newcastle star relives one night in Kazakhstan

5 years ago

Rising Newcastle star Freddie Woodman had been reliving a memorable occasion in Kazakhstan.

The young United keeper made his debut this week for the England Under 21s and kept a clean sheet.

What’s more, the 1-0 away win (watch the highlights below) puts England through the finals of the European Championships next year.

They are to be held in Poland and whilst he is keeping his feet on the ground, Freddie Woodman is looking forward to more rapid progress for club and country.

Freddie Woodman:

“It was a fantastic night for me, to make my debut for the England Under 21s, it’s what I’ve wanted since I started my first game for the Under 16s.

“So it’s a great moment and to play in front of the back four that I did, I was privileged.

“I didn’t have a lot to do, but it was good to play in front of those sort of players like Rob Holding, Calum Chambers], Mason Holgate and Brendan Galloway.

“They have played in the Premier League and been there and done it and it’s brilliant for me to be in this group, with such high talented players.

“It’s good to be around them and to learn from them in training so to play 90 minutes in Kazakhstan was brilliant for me and my development.”

 “It’s a great situation for me to be in, I’m in between the two squads at the moment and I know where I stand.

“But for a problem, it’s brilliant, because I’m happy to come along and play for England like I’ve done since I first came into the set-up.

“It’s a competitive age group and everyone wants to show the manager and Gareth Southgate what they’re about.

“So it’s a good opportunity for players to come in and do that, get some game time and keep improving and learning.”

The next young Three Lions match sees Freddie Woodman and his England teammates facing Bosnia & Herzegovina at Walsall’s Banks Stadium in their final Euro Qualifier – with qualification already achieved.



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