Delfouneso promises 'spirited performance'
By Jamie Bradbury
Monday, 28 March, 2011
The Burnley striker encourages fans to head to Deepdale.
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See England's next home game against Iceland in Preston on 28 March
Tickets are available from Deepdale ticket office right up to kick-off on Monday evening priced £10 for adults and £5 for children
Nathan Delfouneso is aiming to secure a place in Stuart Pearce's plans for the UEFA European Under-21s Championship this summer when England take on Iceland in Preston on Monday.
Delfouneso, who is currently on loan at nearby Burnley from Aston Villa, says he's learning all the time and hopes the Three Lions can keep building confidence ahead of the Finals following Thursday's victory in Viborg.
"It’s a great feeling when you get picked and you just have to keep working hard to push on for more opportunities," he told TheFA.com. "In every game and in every training session you learn more and more.
"We had a strong squad out on Thursday and got a good result in Denmark to lift our confidence a bit after the two previous defeats to Germany and Italy. The win will hopefully spur us on to Monday night’s game at Preston.
"It’s important we make the most of these games so were are in the best possible shape for the Championship."
Delfouneso moved north to Turf Moor in early March and has figured for Eddie Howe's Championship promotion-chasers four times, scoring the winner on his debut against Hull City.
His aim now is to help Burnley back into the Premier League, cement a place in England's Euro 2011 squad, before returning to Villa Park next season.
"I’m still getting used to things up here, but it’s a good experience for me, playing regularly at Burnley," he said. "That’s what I’ve come here to do and to try and help them push on for promotion and get into the play-offs.
"I’ haven’t really come out of Birmingham much, having been at Villa for the whole time, but I’m learning every day. Hopefully I can keep developing and go back to Villa a better player."
The 20-year-old striker, who scored one on six appearances for the Under-21s, says fans travelling to Deepdale to see the team on action on Monday can expect an "enjoyable night".
"Fans will see a spirited team and a spirited performance from a group of players who are all looking to impress the manager," he said. "We’re all trying to push for a place in the squad this summer and be in the side for the first game against Spain.
"We’re looking for a good performance and hopefully a victory. We’ll all put everything into it, so hopefully the fans who do come to watch us will have an enjoyable night."
Tickets for the game at Deepdale are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children.
To buy visit the ticket office at Deepdale, call 0844 856 1966 or online at www.mypne.com .