U19s ace Adam Armstrong named Player of the Month

1 year ago By Jessica Smithson

Adam Armstrong is hoping to celebrate winning the SkyBet League One Player of the Month award by firing England to victories over Germany and Croatia.

The striker, who joined Coventry City on loan from Newcastle United this summer, has scored five goals in his first five games for the Sky Blues.

On Friday morning he was awarded the August award by the Football League, a huge boost for the youngster before he and his Young Lions team-mates face Germany this evening.

England U19s' Euro trip

Germany v England
Friday 4 September 2015
BELKAW Arena, Bergisch Gladbach
Croatia v England
Monday 7 September 2015
Sveti Josip Radnik Stadion, Zagreb

“It’s a great honour to win the award and totally unexpected,” the 18-year-old said.

“I’m always confident I can get goals but I never thought I’d get off to the start I have done at Coventry. Everyone from the manager and his staff, to the players and all the fans have made me feel so welcome at the club. This award is for all of them really.

“Hopefully it won’t be the only success we can achieve together this season.”

Armstrong, who is initially on loan at the Ricoh Arena until January, scored two on his debut before following that up with a double against Millwall at the New Den the next week – the first coming from an audacious long-range lob.

“It’s going really well and I’m enjoying my spell there. It was massive getting that first league goal and something I’ll always remember.

“Any goal you score is a good goal, but I think my favourite was the chip at Millwall. I’d got the ball played into me just inside the halfway line, I just took a touch and saw the keeper off his line. I thought I’d go for it and luckily it went in.“

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Adam Armstrong on the ball
Adam Armstrong and his England team-mates take on Germany on Friday evening

His impressive record for Coventry is nothing new for the hitman. He struck eight times in nine appearances for his country at U18s level last season and says it is his job to continue recording stats like that.

“It’s a striker’s job to score goals and I’ve got to keep doing that at any level I play it. I’d love to continue that record throughout the season for Coventry at this age-group internationally.”

And so to the Young Lions, and Armstrong will be hoping to get off the mark for the U19s against Germany this evening in Bergisch Gladbach.

“It’s massive. I’ve played them a few times with England and they are always good games. We have all been looking forward to it since the squad was announced and we just can’t wait for kick off later,” he said.

“The Euros will be held here next summer and all the lads are looking forward to trying to qualify for that. It’s such a big competition. Obviously a few of us won it at U17s and we’ll be looking to do that again and also reach the World Cup.”

He added: “All the lads know that England doesn’t have the best record at qualifying at this level recently, but we will be getting our heads down in training. A couple of the boys like Pat Roberts and Lewis Cook had a taste of the U19s last year. That can only help us and I think we can do well this season.”


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