England glory for Newcastle United pair as win Toulon Trophy and one rated best in tournament
England have done it.
The Under 21s Three Lions have made it three Toulon Tournament wins in a row.
Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong have been key players in the group stages and semi-final, the pair of them helping to seal the trophy win on Saturday.
Armstrong started this one on the bench but Woodman started in goal.
The young Newcastle keeper was beaten after only two minutes but he and his England teammates fought back with great character.
In the space of four minutes they turned the game around with Fry scoring on 32 minutes and Dowell on 36 minutes.
Woodman was excellent once again as he kept Mexico at bay for the rest of the match, with England deservedly running out Toulon champions once again.
Adam Armstrong capped an excellent breakthrough tournament with the England Under 21s when coming on for the last 14 minutes to help his team/country over the line.
— England (@England) June 9, 2018
As well as the Tournament win, there was further associated glory for Newcastle United as Freddie Woodman was selected as goalkeeper of the tournament.
Well done to the pair of them for doing Newcastle proud.
Final Score – England Under 21s 2 Mexico Under 21s 1
The Mag – 6 June 2018:
England are into the final of the Toulon Tournament.
Winning it the past two years, they are on for a hat-trick of trophy victories after beating Scotland 3-1.
The England Under 21s were denied by the woodwork on 10 minutes, then fell behind on the half hour mark when Michael Johnston beat Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman in the Three Lions goal.
The second half was a different matter though.
Two minutes into the second-half, Woodman’s NUFC teammate Adam Armstrong placed a header over the bar, only delaying the equaliser by three minutes.
Everton’s Callum Connolly scoring from close in with an assist from Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.
Five minutes later England completed the turnaround, this time Nketiah the scorer with a Jay Dasilva assist.
With 16 minutes to go it was all over as Nketiah got his second and England’s third, this time Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook the provider.
With the match won, Adam Armstrong made way for Tammy Abraham with six minutes left on the clock.
At the other end, late Scottish pressure saw Freddie Woodman at his best, as he made a number of very good saves.
England 3 Scotland 1
England Under 21s:
Woodman, Kenny, Fry (Tomori 79), Clarke-Salter, Dasilva, Connolly (Ngoyo 85), Cook, Vieira (Choudhury 73), Dowell, Armstrong (Abraham 84),Nketiah
England had an interesting route in qualification.
In the first group game, Newcastle pair Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong played the full 90 minutes, going behind against China before coming back to win 2-1, an excellent low cross from Adam Armstrong on the right set up Tammy Abraham for the late winner.
Last Tuesday Freddie Woodman kept a clean sheet against Mexico, the game though ending in a goalless draw, Armstrong coming off the bench for the final 24 minutes.
Friday then saw Woodman having a rest but Adam Armstrong and Tammy Abraham recalled to start in the forward positions, the move paying dividends.
England hammered Qatar 4-0, with Adam Armstrong at the heart of most of England’s best attacking play, scoring one and providing Abraham with another assist.
England went through as the best runners-up, along with the three group winners, Mexico edging the young Three Lions out only on number of goals scored.
Fittingly they will meet again in the final on Saturday, with Mexico having beaten Turkey 3-1 in the other semi-final.
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