Skipper Jack Cork talks about the European Championships in the Czech Republic.
England v Greece
UEFA European U19 Championship
The U Nisy Stadium, Liberec, Czech Republic
6pm (local time) Sunday 20 July 2008
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England U19 skipper Jack Cork believes that the confidence gained from the performance against Italy on Thursday night can help the Young Lions in their final Group B game with Greece on Sunday evening.
The Young Lions were held to a draw by the Azzurini in Jablonec, but could consider themselves very unfortunate not to have won the match and now know that a win against Greece could be enough to see them in next Wednesday’s semi-finals.
With the focus now turning to the game in Liberec, the Chelsea midfielder believes that England can take the positives from their display and put them into practice against Greece.
“We had a debrief from the game and looking at the stats and clips of what we did in the game, everyone feels that we were a bit unfortunate to come away with just a draw because we played really well,” Cork told TheFA.com
“We’ve still got a chance of going through though and if we get a result on Sunday we will have a good chance.
“After Thursday’s performance, confidence is high. It’s just a shame that the game we didn’t do so well in was the one that was on Eurosport when everyone watched.
“I think if they watched the Italy game, they would have thought we were a completely different team so we want to take the confidence from that game into the game on Sunday.”
The big surprise from Thursday’s results was Spain’s Group A defeat against Hungary which means that the pre-tournament favourites are now out of the competition so should England qualify, Cork feels that there is a good chance for the Young Lions to make a big impression in the knock-out stages.
“Spain went out of their group so that is a massive incentive for us now because we thought Spain were going to be one of the big teams in this competition so there is Germany and Hungary from the other group,” he added.
“If we can get through then we may have a massive chance in the semi-finals so if we just want to get through our group now.”