Keep your eye on the ball
Monday, 08 June, 2009
Matthew Upson urges his team-mates not to lose focus.
Matthew Upson insists England will not take their eye off the ball ahead of their World Cup qualifying clash with Andorra.
The West Ham centre-back is set to start alongside skipper John Terry at the heart of the defence after helping the Three Lions claim victory in Kazakhstan at the weekend.
And despite winning all six of their qualifying fixtures to date, Upson is adamant there will be no complacency against the team who currently bottom of Group Eight.
"There is no reason why we can't get another positive result," said Upson.
"But we cannot afford to look ahead too much because we need to keep going.
"Nobody is looking forward to their summer holidays yet and if you had seen our training session this morning then you would have seen the commitment.
"It's important to have a winning mentality."
Upson is poised to win his 16th England cap at Wembley and the 30-year-old says he is hoping to add to his tally by helping The Three Lions qualify for next summer's World Cup in South Africa.
"To get to the World Cup would mean everything to me," Upson added.
"I've dreamed about it for a long time. I've worked very hard over the past four or five years and I would love to go."
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