Adam Armstrong


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Adam Armstrong is hoping to add to his growing reputation at the UEFA European Under-17 Championships which begin in Malta this week.

The Newcastle forward is likely to start for England when they kick off the competition against the hosts on Friday afternoon.

John Peacock's Young Lions then face group games against Turkey three days later and Holland on Thursday, 15th May as they bid for a semi-final place.

England have only won the competition once before, when they defeated Spain in the final in 2011, but hopes are high that they can repeat that achievement this summer.

Previous winners of the tournament's Golden Player award include Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos and Armstrong is looking to add his name to that illustrious list.

"I can't wait for the games to begin," he told nufc.co.uk. "It's a great tournament and I'm really looking forward to it.

"Hopefully we can win the tournament. We're going there to win it so we need to do the business.

"Anything can happen but we're just going to go into it thinking we can win, and hopefully we will.

"It's a massive competition and you've seen loads of top players who've played in it, so I want to be the next big name."

Armstrong scored seven goals in qualifying and said: "Hopefully I can push on and be top goalscorer at the finals.

"It means everything when you've got that England badge on, knowing that you're playing for your country. I don't think there's anything better than that."

Since making his Barclays Premier League debut at Fulham in March, the Chapel House-born prospect has stepped off the bench on a further three occasions for Alan Pardew's side.

And he admitted: "That gives me a lot of confidence to take into the tournament. Obviously some of the lads at England haven't done it so for me to do that is amazing."

Fellow Newcastle youngster Freddie Woodman is also in the England squad, while defender Kyle Cameron will represent Scotland.

And Armstrong said: "I'm really good mates with Freddie so me and him will have a bit of banter over here and hopefully we can win the tournament."