Three Lions star Richard Follett insists that an England win isn't too far away
England v Greece
7pm Monday 17 December 2007 & 7pm Tuesday 18 December 2007
Nechells Sports Centre, Birmingham.
England star Richard Follett refuses to believe that it is the team’s technical ability that sees them still searching for their first win at international level.
The vast majority of Graeme Dell’s squad play regular football to a decent standard and find the crossover to Futsal training doesn’t present a problem.
However, it’s the time spent preparing for games against other nations that often holds back the Three Lions, although Follett believes that the influx of young players into the squad is seeing a constant improvement and understanding of the game.
The England squad regularly meet for training sessions at Lilleshall and before matches and it doesn’t take long for the players to get back into the swing of things.
“There are a lot of transferable skills to take from football into Futsal, so technically I believe we are good,” said Follett, who is one of the team’s most experienced members.
“The major difference between the two games to start with is the high intensity of Futsal.
“A lot of the skills can be harnessed though and some of the younger players who have come into the squad seem to have picked up the game and done really well.”
However, some of the teams that England have faced over the last few months are able to supplement the skills with advanced tactics and manoeuvres and more regular training sessions.
“When we play teams like Andorra, they train together regularly and work on certain movements and set plays and that can often be the difference when it comes to a game,” added the Solihull Moors player.
“It’s harder for us with players having separate commitments and when there aren’t any games, we can usually only meet up once a month.
“Training at Lilleshall has been going well and everyone feels we are ready to take it out into games, where we need to make sure that everyone is fully focused and then take what we do on the training field with us.
“The game is still growing though and with the new blood in the team, we’re hopeful that we can get that victory sooner rather than later.”