Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong has turned in a man of the match performance for England (see below).

The England Under 21s crushing Qatar 4-0 in the Toulon tournament and the 21 year old Geordie striker contributing a bit of everything.

You can watch the video highlights below but as a guide here are some of his highlights if you want to go straight to them:

(On 5.40) A shot well saved by the Qatar keeper.

(6.20) A low right foot curling effort bringing out an even better save.

(7.48) A very good run ends with a perfect hard low left foot cross that hands an easy goal to Tammy Abraham.

(8.22) A superb whipped right foot finish into the top corner when the ball breaks for Adam Armstrong in the box.

The Mag – Earlier Today (Saturday 2 June 2018):

Adam Armstrong is really looking the part for England.

Called up for the Toulon tournament, this is the Newcastle striker’s first involvement with the England Under 21 set-up.

Having represented England at every level below that and impressing…and scoring goals, he has moved seamlessly into this higher level.

In the first group game, Newcastle pair Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong played the full 90 minutes.

England went behind against China before coming back to win 2-1,  an excellent low cross from the right set up Tammy Abraham for the late winner.

Tuesday then saw Freddie Woodman keep a clean sheet against Mexico, the game though ending in a goalless draw, Armstrong coming off the bench for the final 24 minutes.

Friday saw Woodman having a rest, with Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale getting a game, 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.

The young Three Lions led 1-0 at the break via an own goal from a corner, then Leeds’ Ronaldo Vieira made it two on 53 minutes with an excellent finish.

Three minutes later it was Adam Armstrong on a run down the left and a superb left foot low cross, left Tammy Abraham with an easy finish very reminiscent to the one against China.

On 67 minutes it was the Geordie striker’s turn, he has already seen two efforts producing top class saves from the Qatar keeper, but this time there was no stopping him.

The ball broke in the box and Adam Armstrong whipped a glorious right foot shot into the top corner.

That looked to have sent England through into the semi-finals of the tournament, only for a late Mexico goal against China to send them through top of the group. The two teams having the same goal difference but England scoring one goal less.

There are three groups, with the winners of each going through to the semis, plus the best runner-up, so now England must wait for Saturday’s results to see if they make it.

Whatever happens, this has been a great tournament for Armstrong (and Woodman) already, and must give the 21 year old striker great confidence that he can progress higher at club level after loan spells in the Championship and League One.

Interesting to see whether Rafa Benitez will consider keeping him at Newcastle, despite previous press claims the manager was looking to sell him this summer.

England team v Qatar:

13 Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth). 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 5 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 8 Tom Davies (Everton), 9 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), 10 Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United), 11 Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United), 12 Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), 18 Tom Pearce (Leeds United), 19 Edward Nketiah (Arsenal), 20 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City)

Substitutes: 4 Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth) for Davies 45, 14 Jay Da Silva (Chelsea) for Pearce 45, 7 Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) for Nmecha 72, 17 Callum Connolly (Everton) for Abraham 78

Substitutes not used: 1 Freddy Woodman (Newcastle United), 3 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), 6 Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), 15 Ezri Konsa (Charlton Athletic), 16 Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City)

Goals: Ahmed og 36, Vieira 53, Abraham 56, Armstrong 67



  • Mrkgw

    Still won’t form part of Rafas plans. Likely to be sold onto a Championship club I reckon.

  • csh

    Abrahams looked half the player Armstrong is based on that video, yet we are supposedly looking to sign him and allow Armstrong to leave. Only at the toon…

    • gallowgate26

      And the goals Abrahams scored have been put on a plate for him by Armstrong! Watch him be at Liverpool or Man United in 3 years time after Newcastle let him leave for three beans and a packet of wotsits.

    • Snarkastic Android

      Abraham’s frame means he is much more likely to develop in to a player who can play with his back to goal, and has more of an aerial presence – they’re different types of players. Armstrong has a lot more technique than a typical poacher, so there are some formations that will suit him (looks like he can make an excellent inside forward working off a number 9), but I can see why Abraham is a preferred option. The real question is whether Armstrong should be kept and Gayle or Perez released, though maybe after next season to give him a season in the Championship

  • Rich Lawson

    Costs nowt,give him a squad number for next season and let’s see what he can do from the bench ?

  • Albert Stubbins

    Ashley will love hearing about this!!

  • Andy Mac

    Hopefully the Spanish Waiter will have been watching the Toulon Tournament, between doing the dishes, and will have seen there’s far more promise in Arma than there is in Abraham.

    OK it was Qatar and OK it was under 21’s but he’s ours, he’s come through the ranks (unlike some of the so called protégé’s who were bought in and failed) so why bother selling him when he could bench warm just as effectively as that lanky streak of stuff Joselu ?

  • GC

    Absolutely typical, we’ll get rid of a young Gazza who will excel and instead buy some no name from Turkey, Belgium or Africa.