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Newcastle United pair now look forward to England v Scotland in Toulon semi-finals

12 months ago
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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.”

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