Freddie Woodman


Throughout the UEFA European Under-17 Championships, goalkeeper FREDDIE WOODMAN will be writing a blog from inside the England camp exclusively for nufc.co.uk.
He's one of three Newcastle youngsters at the tournament, alongside fellow Young Lion Adam Armstrong and defender Kyle Cameron, who is representing Scotland.
In this fourth instalment, 17-year-old Woodman sums up the mood after helping the team qualify for the final...

Everybody was, as you'd expect, absolutely buzzing after yesterday's 2-0 win over Portugal which saw us reach the final out here in Malta.

It was a really impressive victory because they had a lot of genuine quality. The likes of Alexandre Silva, Renato Sanches and their captain Ruben Neves, in particular, were all very good players and in the first half they hit the woodwork three times.

We had to ride our luck, especially as a couple of the shots took deflections which is always difficult for a goalkeeper. When they each came back off the post or bar, it was such a great feeling. I started smiling to myself; somebody upstairs must have been looking down on me and giving me a bit of luck.

But we weathered the storm and we always knew that we were going to get chances with the players we've got.

Dom Solanke put us ahead in the second half with a great touch and a brilliant little finish - anybody who watched our FA Youth Cup quarter-final against Chelsea, when he scored, will know what he's capable of - then Patrick Roberts made it safe late on.

I didn't really see that goal, I just saw it loop over the keeper and heard the goal music start playing.

With so many good players in their side, to beat Portugal was no mean feat and to get to the final is massive. But after the initial euphoria, we soon got our heads around the fact that there's another game to go in the final. We haven't won it yet and now we have to finish the job.

The one downside was an injury to Adam Armstrong towards the end of the first half. I'm not sure how bad it is but he's staying positive and so he should.

When we were going out for the second half and Arma was in the changing room on crutches, we just wanted to make sure we did it for him because he deserves to be with us in the final.

It was disappointing for him to come off but hopefully he'll be alright for the final, because he's a massive player for us.

Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman

My mum, dad and sister are out here now but my mum and sister go home tomorrow, so they'll miss the final. My dad will be here watching, though, which will be nice.

A lot of the lads have some family cheering them on. It's good to get that backing, while there are also plenty of ex-pats here who are giving us great support.

We also had video messages from Gareth Southgate and Jack Wilshere, who gave us some nice comments before yesterday's game, so that gave us a real buzz going into the match. To know that people like that are watching is a real incentive - not that we need one. 

The goalies - myself and Sam Howes - had training this morning and now we're just relaxing and getting our rest.

We have training again tomorrow ahead of the final against Holland - and then it's the big day on Wednesday.

It is definitely going to be the biggest game of my life so far - and I'm going to give everything I've got to hopefully bring the trophy home.