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Toon Pair Get Country Call

Written by Newcastle Utd

Magpies youngsters Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman have been selected for England's Victory Shield fixture against Northern Ireland

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Academy duo Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong have been called up for the England under-16 squad for the young Lions' first Victory Shield match of the season.

Goalkeeper Woodman and forward Armstrong - both 15 - have been named in the party for a fixture in Northern Ireland on 27th September.

Woodman was involved as England won the annual four-team tournament last term, although he did not make the pitch. However, having won two caps for England under-17s at the Nordic Tournament last month - keeping clean sheets in both games - he is likely to figure much more prominently this time around.

He made his debut for United's Reserve team last season while still just 14 years old when he appeared as a second half substitute in a 3-1 friendly win over York.

Armstrong, meanwhile, was invited to an England training camp along with Newcastle team-mate James Atkinson last month and impressed enough to earn a place in Kenny Swain's squad.

Having established himself in Dave Watson's under-18s side this term, he made his second-string bow in this month's friendly at Berwick.