Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman keen to follow in Jordan Pickford’s footsteps

Freddie Woodman.
Freddie Woodman.

It was his best season ever. So how does Freddie Woodman top it?

Woodman made his Newcastle United debut, had a loan spell at Aberdeen and won the Toulon Tournament with England’s Under-21s last season.

The goalkeeper, however, wants more.

“It was massive to play for a big football club like Newcastle,” said Woodman, who made his debut in January’s FA Cup win over Luton Town.

“It was brilliant. It was such a big moment for me, and obviously going up to Scotland and playing for another massive club in Aberdeen.

“It was such a brilliant year. I’m just hoping for more of the same.”

Freddie Woodman celebrates after winning the golden glove award at the Under-20 World Cup last year.

Freddie Woodman celebrates after winning the golden glove award at the Under-20 World Cup last year.

Woodman – who is in Ireland with his team-mates for the club’s training camp and July 17 friendly against St Patrick’s Athletic – was named the best goalkeeper of the Toulon Tournament in France.

“It was a perfect way to end the season,” said Woodman, who helped England’s Under-20s win the World Cup last year.

“The season was such a brilliant for me, making my debut and going to a massive club like Aberdeen. To finish it with another trophy, an individual one, was nice.

“I got five more caps for my country, a few more at Under-21s level. It’s positive. It’s brilliant to bring back more trophies. I have to keep pushing myself and raising the bar.

It was brilliant. It was such a big moment for me, and obviously going up to Scotland and playing for another massive club in Aberdeen. It was such a brilliant year. I’m just hoping for more of the same.

Freddie Woodman

“There’s a lot of competition everywhere I go. People always want me to step up and be pushed, and I feel like I’ve done that.

“When I went away with England, it was good to get the awards, but it was also important that the team won and I helped the team, and that’s what I feel like I did.

“It’s brilliant. It’s really nice winning these individual trophies, but the main ones are the team ones.”

Woodman, though, was “devastated” to see England’s senior team lose to Croatia in Tuesday night’s World Cup semi-final in Moscow.

Freddie Woodman kisses Under-20 World Cup last year.

Freddie Woodman kisses Under-20 World Cup last year.

“I was devastated,” said Woodman, who is under contract at Newcastle until 2020.

“I think the country is proud of the team and they way they performed. The gave us such a good run. It was brilliant to watch them.

“Hopefully, in the future I can be part of that. That’s the dream – to get into that senior squad. I just need to keep pushing myself.”

Washington-born Jordan Pickford, 24, was outstanding in goal for England in his first major tournament.

Pickford played a lot of games on loan before getting a chance for Sunderland – and Woodman is keen to follow in his footsteps.

“I look at Pickford,” Woodman told NUFC TV. “He’s such a brilliant goalkeeper, and he’s done really well at this tournament. You’ve also got (Jack) Butland and (Nick) Pope, who’ve been out on loan and got a lot of games.

“Hopefully, I can follow in their footsteps and get as many games as I can, learn from loads of different experiences and improve myself daily. I feel like that will get me to where I want to get to.”