Newcastle pair play in comeback win over Scotland to take England into final of Toulon Tournament
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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