Lowe looking forward to facing Nigeria
Tuesday, 09 August, 2011
Captain speaks ahead of World Cup knock-out game in Armenia.
by Nicholas Veevers in Colombia
England captain Jason Lowe admits he can’t wait to get back out on the pitch as the Young Lions prepare for their World Cup knock-out game with Nigeria.
The Young Lions have had a five day break since their final group game with Mexico last week and after moving to Armenia on Sunday from their previous base in Cartagena, everyone is ready to get back into action.
"Our first objective here was to get out of the group stage and we've done that,” said the Blackburn Rovers midfielder.
"As a player, it's very exciting to be playing in the knock-out round of a tournament like this.
"All of the lads are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can get a result against Nigeria.”
It promises to be an interesting match-up too, with England having conceded no goals so far in the competition and Nigeria coming through their group as the competition’s highest scorers.
Despite England’s lack of goals though, Lowe has no concerns about his team’s prospects.
"They have scored a lot, but what you fail to mention is that we haven't conceded ourselves,” he added, when questioned on the matter.
"We aren't concerned about [not scoring] because we've created chances, especially in the games against Korea and Argentina.
"We want to continue that, defend well and create the chances.”