Newcastle forward targeting glory after helping Three Lions to first victory at the tournament since 1997
ADAM ARMSTRONG admitted it feels like getting the “monkey off our back” after helping England U20s to their first World Cup victory in 20 years.
The Newcastle United striker scored the second as the Three Lions thumped Argentina 3-0 at the tournament in South Korea on Saturday.
His goal in Jeonju and strikes from Dominic Solanke and Dominic Calvert-Lewin ensured England’s tasted that winning feeling for the first time since Michael Owen bagged the only goal in the 1997 edition against Mexico in Malaysia.
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And now Armstrong and his team-mates are “raring to go” ahead of their second Group A clash against Guinea on Tuesday.
Armstrong told TheFA.com: “It’s been all over Twitter and the gaffer mentioned it, so it was good to get the win and the monkey off our back so we can settle down a bit out on the pitch.
“All the lads are raring to go now, we’ve got a great squad here and all the boys think we can do really well and hopefully go on and win it.
“I thought it was a very tough game but the boys knew it was going to be difficult.
“I thought we dug it out really well, kept the ball when we got it and we killed them on the counter and I think that’s the main thing.
“We got that first goal, which relaxed us a bit and then we played our football in the second half and got the goals on the break, which was amazing.
“It [the second] was crucial, as whoever scored the next goal would have had the upper hand and fortunately for us it was England.”
England arrived in the Far East with strong momentum after defeating nations such as Germany, France and USA over the last year.
They qualified for South Korea by reaching the semi-finals of the U19s European Championship last summer, with seven members of this squad winning the U17s Euros in 2014.
And the closeness and bond between the group will be a key ingredient for their attempts to conquer the planet’s best, according to the 20-year-old.
Armstrong, who spent this season on-loan at Barnsley, added: It comes down to team work.
“Most of the lads have been together since we were 16, so that helps but coming up against an Argentinean side like that was an experience and I think we’ll learn from that for the next game and put it right.
“We’re going to prepare for the Guinea game, we’ll have a look at them and discuss it and hopefully on Tuesday we can come out on top.”
England take on Guinea at 9am live on Eurosport on Tuesday.