Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Taste of Glory Makes Woodman Want More

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Taste of Glory Makes Woodman Want More

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer

NEWCASTLE United keeper Freddie Woodman says tasting glory with England Under-17s has whetted his appetite for more success with the Three Lions.

Toon chiefs are thrilled with Woodman's progress on the international front and Woodman was still on a high during England's game with Peru last Friday when the youngsters were afforded a lap of honour in front of a crowd of 83,578.

In an interview with the FA, Woodman - who saved a penalty in the shoot-out of the Under-17 Euro final against Holland - said: "It is a dream as a kid to win something with England - especially in a penalty shoot-out.

"It was great for me to save a penalty - but all four of the takers for us were top drawer, too."

Woodman reflected on the experience of his Wembley walk around and believes that the current crop of England youngsters can push on after lifting the trophy in Malta last month.

He added: "You can see how much it meant to everyone here - the response by the crowd was brilliant and it was great.

"Hopefully it will be the first of many magical moments for us."

England will want to see more progress from the Under-17s next season and Woodman feels the future is bright.

He added: "All year we have shown what a tight-knit group we were, especially out in Malta.

"We want to stick together and go through the age groups with England and continuing to play well as a team."

Meanwhile Peterlee-born mid-fielder Callum Cooke, who scored in the shoot-out, was also coming back down to earth.

The Middlesbrough midfielder said: "I still can't put it into words. It is an unbelievable feeling coming back and getting greeted by everyone - I felt like a hero.

"I could say it has sunk in, but I don't think it has fully yet. I haven't been back to my club, but around the North East and my home town of Peterlee it has been amazing and what I dreamed of when I was a kid.

"I've always wanted to come to Wembley, and this was my first time ever coming here, but what an experience it has been. To go on that parade around the pitch as a champion for your country - it is what I used to dream about. …

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