ADAM Armstrong could get his teenage kicks for his club in the Wear-Tyne derby – after starring for his country.
The teenage striker scored three goals, including a stunning volley, in two games for England’s Under-18s during the international break.
And Armstrong will be involved for Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
The 18-year-old came off the bench against Sunderland in December’s Tyne-Wear derby, and he is in the thoughts of head coach John Carver ahead of the return fixture.
“He went away with England and scored a spectacular goal, and if you’ve not seen it, it’s worth a look,” said Carver.
“With young players, they go up and down, and we’ve seen that with (Ayoze) Perez.
Armstrong had a little dip in form, and suddenly he’s scored for the Under-21s and for England, and all of a sudden your confidence is back.John Carver
“I thought Perez was fantastic against Arsenal after that little break we gave him.
“They will always have a spell in their careers, especially when they’re developing, when they have a good purple patch and then come off the pace a bit.
“Armstrong had a little dip in form, and suddenly he’s scored for the Under-21s and for England, and all of a sudden your confidence is back.
“He’s in a better place now on the back of his recent goals.”
Asked if Armstrong was ready to play in a derby at the Stadium of Light, Carver added: “You have to cope with the heat of the derby.
“It either makes or breaks you, and I will decide if he’s right for it.
“I touched on this with the young keeper Freddie Woodman. I didn’t want to play him in the Leicester cup game in January.
“It might have bee too big for him, and it could have broken him, and it’s the same for Adam.
“I’ll make sure the situation is right for him.”