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Newcastle goalkeeper thrilled to be rated best in World

4 years ago
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Newcastle and England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman must surely have just enjoyed the greatest day of his career, so far.

Having impressed at Kilmarnock on loan in the second half of last season, the 20 year old has gone straight into international duty this summer.

That has culminated in a thrilling World Cup final win against Venezuela earlier today in South Korea.

The Young Lions lifting the Under 20s version to be crowned the best country in the world at their age group.

On a personal level, Freddie Woodman kept yet another clean sheet today, a brilliant penalty save with 14 minutes remaining, crushing Venezuela’s hopes.

As well as picking up a World Cup winner’s medal, the young Newcastle keeper has also been awarded the ‘Golden Glove’, for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.

Freddie Woodman admitted that he’d declared before going to South Korea that his ambition was to both win the competition and be recognised as best keeper – but never imagined it would come true.

The Newcastle keeper saying today: ‘To be seen as the best goalkeeper in the world (at this level) is quite surreal’.

A great effort by both Woodman and Adam Armstrong, hopefully this World Cup win can inspire them both to be Newcastle greats of the future.

Freddie Woodman:

“I know it’s the old cliché – but you dream about saving a penalty in a World Cup final, and for me to say it now is little bit crazy.”

“At the beginning of the tournament I set myself the goal of trying to get the Golden Glove.

“I sat down with my dad and told him I wanted to get it and I wanted to win the World Cup, but it seemed so far away.

“When he (Venezuela keeper Wuilker Farinez) kept making those saves I was thinking, ‘Oh no, he’s going to win it, he’s going to nick my trophy’.

“To be seen as the best goalkeeper in the world (at this level) is quite surreal.”

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