Captain ready for Monday's match with hosts Serbia.
By Nicholas Veevers in Novi Sad.
England captain Nathaniel Chalobah
has urged his team-mates to put Friday’s disappointment behind them and finish their Group A games with a victory over Serbia.
The Chelsea defender played his first game of this year’s U17 Euros against Denmark after returning from suspension, but couldn’t prevent his team from slipping to a 2-0 defeat
It leaves the Young Lions knowing that only a win on Monday will be good enough to give them a chance of progressing to the semi-final or qualifying for the U17 World Cup and Chalobah wants to end the tournament on a high.
“The team is obviously still disappointed with the result, but we know that we have to go out and get a result on Monday,” he said from the team’s base in Novi Sad.
“We’re not trying to pressurise ourselves, but we just want to make sure that we keep the same mentality for the whole tournament and do as best as we can and put on a great performance.”
Chalobah, who already has an U17 Euro winners’ medal from last year
, admits that the team weren’t at their best against Denmark but now knows where they went wrong and what to put right in the next game.
“We didn’t start as well as we’d have hoped to,” he added. “We started really slowly and the Danish team caught us on the break.
“John (Peacock) just said it was just a bad day at the office for us and he couldn’t fault our efforts for coming out and working so hard in the second half.
“He just wants a better start from us next time and hopefully we can get the result that we want.”
As the most experienced player in the squad, it was no surprise that Peacock chose him to lead the team this season and the Londoner just wants to pass on his tournament know-how to the rest of the squad.
“It’s helped me a lot, I know what it feels like to be in a tournament and the levels and expectations here,” he explained.
“I try and give as much information to the team as captain and give as much to the team as I can.
“We were in a different situation last year, having played two games and got six points, so this time he wants me to stand out more and try to keep everyone in the team going.”