England U20s keeper Freddie Woodman ready to face Brazil

Friday 02 Sep 2016
Freddie Woodman

England Under-20s goalkeeper Freddie Woodman admits he can’t wait to test himself against Brazil on Sunday.

The Three Lions face the Samba Boys in Kidderminster as they start their preparations for next summer’s U20 World Cup in South Korea.

And Newcastle United stopper Woodman is anticipating a busy afternoon at the Aggborough against a talented Brazilian side who held England to a 1-1 draw at St. George’s Park earlier in the week. 

England v Brazil

International U20 Match
2.30pm, Sunday 4 September 2016
Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster
Live on BT Sport
Tickets: £3 adults & £1.50 concessions
Call 01562 823 931 for tickets

"When you mention Brazil, the first things that come to your head are flair and skill and all of the great players that have played for them,” Woodman told the official England Match Programme.

"It’s going to be a great test for us and one that I’m definitely looking forward to. To say that I’ve played against Brazil along with all of the other teams I’ve played against with England, it just looks good."

Aidy Boothroyd’s side secured their place at the World Cup thanks to their performance for the U19s last season, which saw them reach the Euro semi-final.

Prior to that many of this squad had tasted international success as U17s when they won the Euro title.

But Woodman admits an exciting programme of fixtures with the U20s this term, which will see them face a variety of worldwide opposition, is a new experience which he is looking forward to.

England Under-20s take on their Brazil counterparts at St. George

The U20s took on their Brazil counterparts at St. George's Park and drew 1-1 this week

"Until now and for me personally, the games against Mexico at the end of last season were the only times I’ve played against a non-European team in the last few years," he admitted. 

"We found it very tough out there, as we hadn’t played anyone from that part of the world before so playing the likes of Brazil and the other nations that we’ve got this season is going to be hard as playing teams from that part of the world is always going to be challenging.

"As a player, you want to play games on the biggest stage and featuring in two European Championships is a massive achievement for me personally and for the team. 

"But to have the chance to go to a World Cup and represent England, at any level, is another big achievement and it’s one that we’re looking forward to and we’re preparing in the right way."

There are still tickets available to see the game on Sunday, costing just £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions so call 01562 823 931 for more details.

FATV highlights of the first game with Brazil at St. George's Park


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