A new 'buzz'
Thursday, 24 May, 2012
Joleon Lescott says success of Manchester City and Chelsea can help England in Europe.
Joleon Lescott says the England players are "buzzing" ahead of Saturday's EURO 2012 warm-up clash with Norway in Oslo.
Defender Lescott is part of new Manager Roy Hodgson's squad for the match and took park in Thursday's training sessions at the Etihad Stadium.
And Lescott said: "The training has gone well, it was quite intense and the boys were buzzing.
"We expect it to be a tough game (against Norway) - they are well organised and I am sure the manager has done his homework well.
"It's not going to be an easy game."
Lescott, who won the Premier League with Manchester City earlier this month, believes his experiences at club level can help fire England to Euro glory this summer.
The former Wolves and Everton man was joined by fellow City stars James Milner, Adam Johnson and Joe Hart in England's training session ahead of their friendly.
And with Chelsea bringing their own contingent of trophy winners - Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Danny Sturridge were part of their glorious Champions League squad - Lescott believes the winning mentality can help Roy Hodgson's side.
Lescott said: "It can bode well for the country and the team. Coming off the back of a title the confidence will be high and that's the same for the Chelsea boys. Now we want to do well for England.
"You look back on past experiences and the last game in the Premier League, I'd like to gain something from. If we can draw on those experiences in the tournament, it can bode well.
"Confidence will be high but confidence comes with performances as well. The Spain game [when England won 1-0 in a friendly] with a clean sheet, my confidence was up anyway, so that can only enhance it by winning the Premier League.
"We will try to use anything to help our confidence going forward. If you ask any player or fan, we still we believe we can win the tournament and that is the aim."