England skipper is looking forward to playing in a packed stadium in Serbia on Tuesday
England captain Jordan Henderson says the Three Lions are excited about the prospect of playing in front of a full-house in Serbia on Tuesday night.
A 17,000-crowd saw Stuart Pearce’s side win their Euro 2013 play-off first leg at Carrow Road on Friday, and a similar turn-out is expected for the return in Krusevac.
But the Liverpool midfielder is confident that he and his team mates can come away with the result that will take them into next summer’s Finals in Israel.
“Serbia were a decent side and have some good players, they made it hard for us at home,” said the midfielder.
“We know it’ll be another tough game, they are at home, playing in front of a big crowd, so they’ll be up for it and we have to make sure we match them and that we’re up for it.
“Serbia defended quite well but Raheem [Sterling] Incey [Tom Ince], Wilf [Zaha] and Sords [Marvin Sordell] caused them a bit of havoc at times, taking them on and creating some chances.
“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to put them away, but hopefully Tuesday will be a different story.
“If we play the way we know we can we’re confident we can get the result we need.”
The Under-21s have not conceded a goal since last November’s 2-1 defeat in Belgium, their only loss this campaign, and another clean sheet will see them qualify for the Finals for the fourth time in succession.
From the starting eleven on Friday, England will be without Jack Rodwell who didn’t travel to Serbia due to a hamstring problem.
And, though Henderson admits there are still things they need to work on as they develop as a team, the spirit and togetherness in the camp is helping them on and off the pitch.
“Everyone’s enjoying it and we’re playing some good stuff and the minute,” continued Henderson. “We need to keep working on the areas we know we have to improve on.
“If we can get a good result on Tuesday it’ll take us through to the Euros and we can continue to build for next summer.”
He said: “We’ve got enough depth in the squad to manage and cope with the injuries.
“When Lowey [Jason Lowe] came on at Norwich, he did really well in the middle. Everybody can play their part, we’re just looking forward to the game now.
Henderson also singled out Danny Rose for praise, after a recent run of games for club and country has seen him hit impressive form at left back.
A regular in the Under-21s squad since he made his debut in 2009, the Sunderland loanee has played largely in defence recently, where he has excelled.
“Rosey is doing really well,” said Henderson. “He’s on loan at Sunderland so playing left back regularly there. Every game I’ve seen him in, he’s been brilliant.
“He seems strong in that position, not many people will beat him for pace in a one v one. And he’s really good going forward as well.”
The team landed in Serbia on Sunday evening and while it’s a new place to visit for Henderson, there won’t be any sight-seeing.
He says he and the rest of the team are just concentrating on getting the result that will take England through.
However, soon after arriving at their base in Nis, the players were all glued to the television watching daredevil Felix Baumgartner successfully break the sound-barrier with his world-record freefall dive.
“That was unbelievable. Wow!” exclaimed Henderson. “I’ve never seen anything like that before. I couldn’t do something like that, though, it’s not for me.”
He added: “It’s unlikely you’d come on holiday somewhere like this, so it’s good to see the world in a different way. We might not see much of it, though, as we’re here to do a job and we’re focused on that.”
Tuesday's Euro 2013 play-off second leg in Serbia will be live on ESPN. Kick off is 5pm BST