World Cup Exit For Young Pair
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good are on their way back to Tyneside following an early exit from the Under-20 World Cup
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good are on their way back to Tyneside following an early exit from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The United duo, representing England and Australia respectively, were both unused substitutes over the weekend as their sides failed to progress from the group stage of the Turkey-based tournament.
Bigirimana watched on from the sidelines as England suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Egypt on Saturday night, leaving the Young Lions bottom of Group E with only two draws to their name from their three fixtures.
The teenage midfielder, who has made a real impression at St. James' Park since arriving from Coventry last summer, saw just a single minute of action during the group stage, as a late replacement against Iraq.
On Friday, Good's Australia went down 2-1 against host nations Turkey, a result which saw them anchored to the foot of Group C with just one point.
The left-sided defender was on the bench but failed to get any game time to add to his two previous appearances, in which he had captained the Young Socceroos.