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Arma Strike Puts England Through

Newcastle United FC

Adam Armstrong scored as England under-17s beat Italy to qualify for the European Under-17 Championship finals


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

An Adam Armstrong piledriver helped to put England through to the European Under-17 Championship finals in Malta.

The Newcastle youngster gave the Young Lions a 20th minute lead with a thumping left-footed drive in their final Elite Round game against Italy on Monday.

And although Valerio Trani equalised for the Italians in the 52nd minute, Freddie Woodman helped to keep them at bay before Chelsea's Dominic Solanke scored the winner in the 71st minute.

England knew that anything other than a defeat would see them through, having already beaten Czech Republic and Albania with Armstrong and Woodman starting both games.

After Armstrong's goal, Woodman made a fine save from Trani in the 36th minute and although he was beaten in the second half, he held firm as Italy pushed for another goal and Solanke eventually sealed the win.

On Friday, Magpies defender Kyle Cameron helped Scotland's under-17s to beat Romania 1-0 at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park.

They had already qualified for the Championships courtesy of victories over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belgium.