Newcastle United pair Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong have got a great match to look forward to this midweek.

The semi-finals of the Toulon Tournament see England once again taking on Scotland, the young Three Lions having beaten the old rivals 3-0 at the same stage of the competition a year ago.

Scotland beat South Korea 2-1 yesterday to cap a very impressive qualifying group, coming out on top after having also beaten France 1-0.

It is Mexico v Canada in the other semi, with England having qualified as the best runner-up in the three groups. The young Three Lions having missed out on winning their group only on goals scored, Mexico edging it.

Freddie Woodman started two of the three group matches, conceding only once as England beat China 2-1 and getting a point in a goalless draw with Mexico.

Adam Armstrong came off the bench against Mexico but was excellent in his two starts, providing an assist for the winning goal v China, then getting a goal and another assist in the 4-0 demolition of Qatar, when he was man of the match.

Last year the two Newcastle United players were key members of the England Under 20s squad that won the World Cup at that age group, to follow up with another tournament win in Toulon would be a great achievement.

When talking about the overall lack of young players coming through at Newcastle, it is easy to overlook the progress that this pair are making at international level.

Freddie Woodman:

We are here to win it.

England have won it the last two times and this squad, we like winning trophies, so we’ve come here with the aim of winning again.

“It’s a new group with some new players making their debuts which is always good.

“We’ve also got some more experienced players like [Lewis] Cooky and Tammy [Abraham] who have been in the senior team.

“So it’s a different group to what we’ve been used to but as a team we’ve handled it all very well.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Curious case of Arma who has been the best player for the under 21`s and we`re selling him.

    • Mrkgw

      I don’t think he’s good enough Moose. That said, he should be given an opportunity pre season along with Mitrovic. Issue is that Rafa has other ideas and so, they are good as gone unfortunately. Will be annoyed though, if both are sold and then Rafa walks.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Rafa wanted Abraham`s on loan this kids a better footballer

        • Mrkgw

          Abrahams wouldn’t have been a good fit at all for us and that was a bullet dodged. It would be interesting to see how a Mitro/ Armstrong partnership would work but again, doubt that we will ever see it. Unless Fulham come in for them both. Newcastle United – charity to all.

          • Kazie

            Why would he not be a good fit for us???… I feel Abraham up front with Arma behind him would be a good partnership.. They both would compliment each other.

          • Mrkgw

            Abraham snubbed us and has no intention of joining. He had his chance – lucky escape on Newcastles part.

          • Malcolm Fisher

            Abrahqm is hugely over-rated.Would be a complete waste of money to get him.What has he done since his loan? nothing a complete wash out

      • 7gnanelvis

        Not good enough??? Hes been head and shoulders above his U21 team mates so far ,most of whom are good enough for several premiership teams .

        • mactoon

          To be honest I’m not sure he is good enough for the Premiership. He should be a first team regular at 21 but I agree he should be given the chance during pre season

    • Rich Lawson

      Agree,he’s already our player,give him a squad number next season and see if he can make an impact of the bench.

  • Nut

    Armstrong is only 21, it’s really way to early to say if he will make it or not…. look at Tammy Abraham, he isn’t doing much better than Armstrong albeit he was playing in the premiership last season.

    Time will only tell on this, personally I think these players have a winning mentality and that can’t be taught, it’s worth a lot and so he should be nurtured for a while longer.

    Or if he is let go a buyback clause inserted and a massive percentage of future sales.

  • Kazie

    I would loan them both out to a good championship side.. Arma can go back to Blackburn under Mowbry..Woodman should go to a decent championship team that will make him number one.

  • Mxpx

    Rafa has not excuse not to start using Armstrong really he is the kind of player that DOES fit into rafas teams and he’s better than joselu for sure