Upson credits Premier League experience
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010
Defender believes a familiar tempo helped against Slovenia.
Matthew Upson reckons the competitive nature of the Premier League helped England raise their game against Slovenia.
Fabio Capello's men played at a higher tempo as they beat Slovenia 1-0 to reach the last 16, thanks to Jermain Defoe's goal.
Upson said: "Our play did not have the flow to it in the early games but you saw that in patches today.
"I think we played with a lot more freedom and we went about our business like it was a Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. The tempo was definitely like the Premier League and in the end when there were a few high balls to deal with but we are used to that."
Upson made a fantastic last-ditch challenge to deny a Slovenian attack but the West Ham defender - in for the suspended Jamie Carragher - played down his impact.
"It was a bit of a reaction - the ball got flicked on and I just turned inside, took the opportunity and got it right.
"I am pleased to get away with it, it was a reaction more than anything."