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Brandy looking for goals
Friday, 25 September, 2009
Striker Febian Brandy hoping to fire England to World Cup success.
England v Uruguay
FIFA U20 World Cup
8.30pm (BST), Saturday 26 September 2009
Ismailia Stadium, Egypt
Live on Eurosport
England striker Febian Brandy is looking forward to hitting the world stage on Saturday and hoping he can be the man to fire down Uruguay.
The Manchester United starlet hit two goals on his debut for the U20s in August when England beat Montenegro and is looking to take that form into his team’s World Cup opener at the Ismailia Stadium.
And for a player who has previously represented his country at both U17 and U19 level, he’s now pleased to be given an even bigger platform.
“If I’m picked to play, these will be the biggest matches of my life,” he admitted.
“It’s a huge, worldwide tournament – and the fact that it’s a World Cup gives it extra significance. It’s a massive opportunity for me to show what I can do.
“This is the second biggest tournament in the world and we as a team want to show people what we’re capable of.”
Highly regarded at Old Trafford, the 20-year-old has spent time out on loan in recent years with Swansea City and Hereford United but now sees this competition as a chance to project his talent on a global scale.
“Obviously, some great players have played in this competition in the past, such as Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Michael Owen,” he added.
“It’s an honour to follow in their footsteps. Other players have used it as a springboard – and I hope to do the same.”
Brandy will go head-to-head with the likes of Alex Nimely, Sam Baldock and Jon Obika in the battle for a place up front on Saturday and is hopeful that whoever gets the nod to start will be able to find the net.
“Hopefully I’ll be the man, but if I don’t score on Saturday, I just hope that one of the other lads does,” he smiled.
“We want to do well in the tournament – and to do that we’ll need to score goals.”
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