In-form Nottingham Forest midfielder expects an exciting encounter in Wycombe next week
England v Romania
An England Under-21s International
Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers FC
7.00pm, Thursday 21 March 2013
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capped a man of the match performance for Nottingham Forest on Saturday with two goals in their win over Wolves and is hoping to do likewise for his country next week.
The England Under-21s midfielder has now netted four times in five games for the Championship side after opening his account last month.
Having joined from Arsenal in the summer, injuries ensured a stop-start beginning to life at the City Ground and also kept him out of Stuart Pearce's squad as they secured qualification for Euro 2013.
Last month the 22-year-old returned to the international fold for the young Lions 4-0 victory over Sweden
and followed that up with his first goals for Forest.
And, as the young Lions prepare for two games later this month, Lansbury is hoping England can continue their sparkling form that has seen them win seven on the trot.
"I’d been away for a long time so it was good to get back with the lads last month," he told TheFA.com. "The staff are always welcoming when you meet up with England, and as an older player in the squad I’ve got to lead by example.
"But I love being in the team and having the chance to represent my country. Confidence is sky-high in the camp at the minute, so if we take it into the games next week and the tournament this summer, it can only help us."
The last two games for the Under-21s before they head to Israel in June are fast approaching. First up is Romania at Wycombe on Thursday 21 March
, followed by Austria in Brighton four days later
Lansbury was a second-half substitute when Pearce's boys last met the Romanians. That was away in Botosani for the second leg of the play-off for Euro 2011
, and the former West Ham and Norwich City loanee remembers a very testing encounter as England held on for a 0-0 draw to reach the Finals in Denmark.
"It was a tough place to play, a big crowd were there behind the Romanians, and I even remember a load of fireworks going off outside the hotel the night before the game," he said.
"But we came through the experience, played really well as a team and did what we needed to do to qualify."
Lansbury, who has five goals in 15 appearances for the Under-21s, says fans going to Adams Park next Thursday will be impressed by what they see and excited by the talent progressing through the England ranks.
"Expect a very attacking and creative team who play the game with a good spirit and work closely as a unit," said Lansbury.
"I think fans would be excited to see some of the talented players who are coming through English football.
"The lads who have come into the Under-21s, even in the last year, have done very well in helping us qualify for the Finals.
"Hopefully we can give the fans in Wycombe something to cheer, too."
Tickets Details for England U21s v Romania at Adams Park on 21 March 2013
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