Adam Campbell

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Having already lifted one trophy this week, young Adam Campbell is hoping to take another step towards winning the FA Youth Cup when Newcastle host Queens Park Rangers on Thursday night.

Former Wallsend Boys Club forward Campbell returned from Portugal on Tuesday evening after a memorable few days which saw him score on his debut for England under-17s and help the young Lions lift the Algarve Tournament.

And he is set to the lead the line for Dave Watson's Magpies at the Sports Direct Arena (kick-off 7pm), with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs if they can beat the R's.

England won the four-team competition after a win against the hosts Portugal, a draw against Holland and a decisive victory over France, with Campbell on target after just five minutes of the first game.

And, as he reflected on the Algarve Tournament before turning his attention to the Youth Cup clash, United's top scorer at under-18 level told "It was absolutely brilliant.

"The whole thing, from start to finish, was a great experience - from going out with some new lads and meeting new people to going to a country I'd never been to before.

"Obviously the conditions are a lot nicer than what they are in England, so we had to adapt to that as well. I really enjoyed myself.

"To get my goal against Portugal was a great honour and I really enjoyed that. And against France, I nearly scored another. I thought it was in but unfortunately it took a bounce and hit the post.

"That's just the way football is, but to score the goal was amazing.

"You always dream about playing for Newcastle and then playing for England as well, so to actually do both - and to get a goal for both as well - is a dream come true.

"I've been dreaming about it since I was born, really, so it's absolutely brilliant for me personally."

It was also a successful trip for John Peacock's youngsters, who will now be full of confidence ahead of next month's European Under-17 Championships qualification campaign.

Campbell said: "Everybody wanted to win it from the start and although Portugal was a tough game, we ground a result out and we deserved to the win the tournament, I thought.

"We had some great players and a great team and we deserved to win.

"We scored a couple of important late goals, and we do the same with the youth team here as well. We've won countless games in the last minute or the last five minutes.

"I think it's just the English mentality, to keep going until the end, and luckily it worked for us."

And the Newcastle striker - who has previously played for his country at under-16 level - is now hoping that he has done enough to be selected for the qualifiers, which will see them face Georgia, Ukraine and Spain next month.

"That was the aim at the start of the season," he said.

"When I started picking up games for Newcastle, that was my first objective but then after that, it was to try to push myself into the England squad again.

"I've done everything I can on a personal level so if the coaches are happy with me and think I can do a job then hopefully I'll go. That's what I'm aiming for."

Until then, however, he will treasure his Algarve Tournament medal and the shirt he wore on his debut.

"They're definitely getting framed and put straight on my wall," he said. "It's a great little reminder to have of what's happened this week and it means a lot to me, so I'm really happy to have them."

And he hopes to have another medal to go with them as Newcastle try to win the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 1985.

"It's been on my mind when we were away - coming back and making sure I was fit and ready to go for the Youth Cup," he said.

"Again, it's a tournament we think we can win and we haven't won it in a while.

"It's a big thing. We got close a couple of years ago when we got through to the semis but just missed out, so hopefully we'll get it this time.

"We're fully confident going into it, so I don't see why not."

Thursday's match at the Sports Direct Arena kicks off at 7pm. Admission to the East Stand is by paying at the turnstiles on the night and season ticket holders and Club Members are not entitled to free admission for this tie. Prices are £3 for adults and £1 concessions.