England Under 19s are looking to follow up their European Championships win of 2017 with another one 12 months later.

This summer’s tournament is being held in Finland and Newcastle United’s young attacking midfielder Kelland Watts has received his first international call-up.

The 18 year old Newcastle player (turns 19 in November) played the full game as he made his debut on Tuesday, England coming back to win 3-2 after falling a goal behind early on.

Kelland Watts scored eight goals in 20 appearances for Newcastle’s Academy side last season and despite not getting on the scoresheeet yesterday,

There are two groups of four and the Ukraine and France make up England’s group, whilst Portugal, Italy, Norway and Finland are competing in the other one.

If England beat Ukraine on Friday (game shown live on Sky Sports) they would be all but certain of a semi-final place, before then playing France on Monday in the final group game.

The semi-finals will be played on 26 July before then the final on 29 July.

In charge of the England Under 19s is Paul Simpson, who was Steve McClaren’s assistant when the pair were at Newcastle United.

Paul Simpson:

“This was a really important game for us today.

“We showed character, we played some great football and showed our quality in the way we passed the ball and closed down the opposition.

“That was as hot as I’ve been in any game of football in my long career, so for those players to keep going for as long as they did, it shows an incredible level of determination and pride in wearing an England shirt.

“And remember that we’re still early in pre-season so this is a group of players who have done a week or ten days of training.

“We showed great fitness levels and we looked strong. I accept we came under a little bit of pressure but I think the conditions played a huge part in that.

“It now gives us something to build on in our second game against Ukraine.

“I thought it was a really good advert for UEFA U19 Championship football and I think we deserved to come out on top.”



  • Monkseaton Magpies

    No comments from the manic depressives who say we have nothing coming through the academy. Also think an academy product might have scored for the first team but lets keep that quiet.

    • Ram Kishore

      This place is becoming more depressive even before the end of the transfer window. Especially for the past two days

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        If it’s still the same at the end of the window will hold my hands up and say I was wrong. That would mean the club holding back funds as Rafa had not signed a contract.

        • Ram Kishore

          Yeah Rafa has delayed signing the contract for his reasons and he has made it clear to the ownership.
          At the same time Rafa isn’t complaining like last summer.
          You may say the reason for not backing Rafa in this window is because Rafa didn’t sign the contract but holding back the funds by the club also means they are making the club a bit vulnerable.
          If the funds are not with held maybe Rafa would sign contract..
          I am just speculating

  • Peaky

    Impressive international debut = £££££ = sold.