Adam Armstrong says he’s ‘buzzing’ on England duty after Newcastle United managed to avoid relegation.
Armstrong – along with Toon team-mates Freddie Woodman and Dan Barlaser – is away with the Under-18s, preparing for their double-header with Russia next week.
It was a massive relief that we managed to stay up, and the lads did excellent to defeat West Ham on the last day.Adam Armstrong
And he admits he has a spring in his step after watching the Magpies beat the drop on the last day of the season with a 2-0 win over West Ham United at St James’s Park.
Armstrong said: “I picked up a little knock and had to miss the last game of the season, which was obviously gutting for me, but I’m ready to go now.
“It was a massive relief that we managed to stay up, and the lads did excellent to defeat West Ham on the last day.
“Being a fan as well, that’s given me a massive buzz coming into this trip.”
Armstrong has been named as captain by boss Neil Dewsnip for the two games against Russia in the absence of regular skipper Ryan Ledson.
He wore the armband in his last appearnce for the national team, rising to the occasion with two goals in a 6-1 win over Switzerland.
And the forward says he’ll be equally proud to lead the team out next week.
“When you have the armband, it is of course a big responsibility, but I have always believed that you should have 11 captains on the pitch – so in that sense it doesn’t make too much of a difference,” Armstrong told thefa.com.
“It’s my first time captaining for a full trip, so of course I’m really proud. I have to admit that when I saw Lego (Ledson) was injured, I was hoping to get it again after wearing it against Switzerland and thankfully Neil has given it to me and it’s a big boost.
“There comes a few different responsibilities with being made captain, such as making sure the lads are all wearing the same gear when we eat and things like that, but it doesn’t really bother me, it’s something I really enjoy.”