Fulham's Cauley Woodrow glad to be back on England duty

Tuesday 27 May 2014
Woodrow has made two substitute appearances in the Toulon Tournament so far
Cauley Woodrow admits he has his eyes on a more permanent return to the international scene in the future after joining the England U20s squad for the Toulon Tournament.

The Fulham striker was previously capped at U17 level back in 2011 when he featured in the Algarve Tournament under John Peacock, whilst still with his first club Luton Town and thus becoming the first non-League footballer to feature for England in almost 30 years.

England v Korea Republic

The Toulon Tournament
6.30pm, Wednesday 28 May 2014
Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Live on BT Sport


Over three years and a switch to Craven Cottage later, Woodrow’s form with Fulham in the later stages of this campaign caught the eye of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, who duly selected him for the trip to southern France.

And the 19-year-old has enjoyed being back among some old faces, as well as featuring as a substitute in the two games so far against Qatar and Brazil.

"It’s been good to be back involved," he admits. "I played with quite a few of the lads at U17 level, so I settled in quite quickly and knew most of their names already.

"But in terms of playing, it’s been good too and I’ve come on in the last two games and have enjoyed the training so far.

"They’ve been two different tests, Qatar weren’t the greatest side and we were much better than them but with Brazil, we knew they’d be a good side.

"That was a lot different to the first game when I came on, but they’ve both been good games for me to be involved in."

England now face two more games in the Toulon Tournament group stage, starting with Korea Republic in Aubagne on Wednesday evening before facing Colombia in Toulon on Friday.

And Woodrow is hoping to lead the line against the South Koreans, as England look to get another win and put themselves in a good position to seal a further match on Sunday, which will be either the final or the third and fourth place decider.

"The manager has said that everyone would get a start, so fingers crossed I can start the game on Wednesday and we can try and get another win," he added.

Cauley Woodrow holds the ball up against Qatar in the Toulon Tournament.

Woodrow in action against Qatar in England's 3-0 win last week


"All I want to do is play games, which is what everyone here wants to do.

"My aim is to try and stay in the England set-up now.

"It’s a great honour and we all want to be involved in it, so if I can keep on playing well then I can still be in the manager’s thoughts."

Woodrow has had a busy second half to the season, after catching the eye during a loan spell with Southend United earlier in the campaign.

He was brought back to Craven Cottage after that and made his Fulham debut in March, before scoring his first goal on the final day of the season against Crystal Palace.

That was not enough to help Felix Magath’s team avoid relegation, but Woodrow is hoping more first team opportunities might arise for him in the Championship.

"It’s been massive for me to be involved with Fulham," he explained. 

"I was out on loan earlier in the season but when I came back I was straight in the squad.

"It was disappointing to get relegated but I’ve enjoyed just learning and playing as much as I can and scoring as many goals as I can.

"The manager was playing the younger lads in the Premier League, so I don’t think it would make much difference if we were still in there.

"But unfortunately we’ve gone down and hopefully that will lead to more chances to play and score goals.

"For me, I just want a good pre-season and then to kick-on next season."

And a chance to show exactly what he can do in Toulon would certainly aid his chances.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France