Captain Jordan Spence says England are not content with just making the final - they want to win.
UEFA U17 Championship Finals
4.45pm UK time (5.45pm Belgian time)
Sunday 13 May 2007
England captain Jordan Spence says his team-mates know they are within touching distance of making history in Belgium on Sunday.
The Three Lions have not won a major tournament since 1993, when England won the Under-18 European Championship, Darren Caskey scoring the winning goal.
But the bullish Spence insists there is no point being so close to glory if they are not going to complete the job by beating Spain in Tournai.
"We have been made aware of the 14 year wait for a trophy," he said. "But the only way to fulfil history is to win it. The mood in the camp is pretty relaxed though."
Standing in England’s way is Spain – widely perceived as the best side in European youth football over the last decade. The statistics certainly stack up in their favour.
They have won the competition six times while England are yet to lift the trophy.
"They are a top side," concedes the skipper. "They were the strongest side in that half of the draw and they proved that. They had a difficult game against Belgium in the Semi-Finals. But we were not surprised as Belgium gave us a difficult game."
Spence played the last time the two sides did battle, when Spain triumphed 3-2 in October, but the West Ham defender insists the young Lions are playing much better than their previous meeting.
"We have played Spain before," he recalled. "That was a tight game. They had the better of it if we are honest. But we did not play like we are playing at the moment. We have shown our character and are hitting form at the right time. We are a really close bunch.
"But they have some good players that we are going to have to keep an eye on, like Merida – the Arsenal lads know about him, Camacho and Krkic."
Calm and assured at the back, Spence says everyone in the England squad will have to pull together if they are to beat Spain.
"It’s a great honour to lead your country out," he said. "It will be the biggest game of most of our careers. I’m captain, but we will need 11 captains out there. We need the support of the bench too. We are all in it together."England Squad
Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town), Jonathan Franks (Middlesbrough), Daniel Gosling (Plymouth Argyle), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Joseph Mattock (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Crystal Palace), Rhys Murphy (Arsenal), Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Chelsea), Krystian Pearce (Birmingham City), Tristan Plummer (Bristol City), Nathan Porritt (Middlesbrough), Daniel Rose (Leeds United), Gavin Hoyte (Arsenal), Jordan Spence (West Ham United), Tom Taiwo (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United), Michael Woods (Chelsea)Referee
Dejan Filipović (SRB) Assistant Referees
Magnus Sjöblom (SWE) and Radoslaw Siejka (POL) Fourth official
Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)