Nerves no issue for Upson
Saturday, 29 May, 2010
West Ham centre-back is focused on making an appearance against Japan.
Matthew Upson is eyeing up a place in England’s team to face Japan on Sunday as the competition for places hots up.
West Ham defender Upson did not play against Mexico at Wembley on Monday but is hopeful of earning a chance to impress manager Fabio Capello this weekend.
“I'll just crack on, keep going in training and see where it goes,” said the centre-back who suffered a minor eye injury in training last week following a collision with Jermain Defoe.
“My eye is alright. It was a low ball, so I stooped to head it and Jermain and I had a bit of a laugh about it. It wasn't a big clash.
“Actually the training camp has been really good and everyone is looking forward to the next game.”
There is an added edge to the Japan game because 48 hours later manager Capello will name his 23 for the World Cup and seven players will be left behind. But Upson doesn’t believe the prospect is making the squad nervous.
“I don’t think people are nervous, there's nothing to be nervous about, is there? What can you do? You go and give an account of yourself and it is out of your hands,” he said.
“Getting nervous about it is not really going to help. So I think everyone is pulling in the right direction and what will be, will be."