By Will Butcher
Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has revealed his delight on Twitter after making his first appearance for the England Under-21’s side.
Woodman, 19, kept an impressive clean sheet between the sticks for Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions as they beat Kazakhstan 1-0 to book their place in next summer’s European Championships in Poland.
Woodman revealed on his personal Twitter account that he was “delighted” to make his England bow, which was made “even more special” with a “win and a clean sheet.”
Delighted to have made my debut for the @England U21's, made it even more special with a win & a clean sheet! ??⚽️
— Freddie Woodman (@41Woodman41) October 6, 2016
England took the lead early on after Southampton star Nathan Redmond was freed down the right flank. His low cross found Leicester’s Demarai Gray, who finished neatly past goalkeeper Stanislav Pavlov.
The score remained 1-0 for the entirety of the match, and Woodman is expected to pick up his second under-21’s cap against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Tuesday.
Woodman is one of an abundance of goalkeepers currently with the Toon, as former Nottingham Forest stopper Karl Darlow replaces Belgium goalkeeper Matz Sels.
Manager Rafa Benitez also has injury-prone star Rob Elliot at his disposal, as well as Netherlands international Tim Krul who is currently on loan with Dutch giants Ajax.
Woodman has his work cut out for him as he looks to break into Benitez’s first team, but his impressive performances for Peter Beardsley’s development side as well as an England under-21 cap will have done his chances no harm.
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