'Technique and passion'
by Jamie Bradbury in Denmark
Saturday, 11 June, 2011
Marc Albrighton says England have the attributes to beat Spain.
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Marc Albrighton says he and his England team mates are aware of the threat Spain will offer in Herning on Sunday evening but that England are more than capable of matching the early tournament favourites in their opening 2011 UEFA Under-21 Championship encounter.
Spanish football is viewed as the benchmark in world football right now with their senior team current World and European Champions and Barcelona recent winners of the UEFA Champions League.
And, as with every game, Stuart Pearce has prepared his team to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents. Ahead of England's first Group B game against Spain, Albrighton believes that the Three Lions possess the right attributes to take the three points and make a good start to their push for silverware.
“The manager will pick a formation to go out and win the game," said the Aston Villa winger. "People look at Spain as they are winning things at the moment, but we have a number of technical players in the team.
“Spain are technically gifted, and they do what they do very well, but we do as well, and we have the fight and the passion to go with it.
“We’ve seen the videos and the manager has touched on Spain but we are concentrating on us at the minute. You can’t really read too much into how they play, we need to make them fear us. We have noticed that we can get at them, definitely.
Albrighton, who scored in England's qualifying victory over Lithuania in September, has also highlighted the Three Lions' strengths that he feels can get the better of the Spanish.
“We’ve got pace, we’ve got strength and a lot of ability, so we’ll definitely counter-attack to go at them.
“We’ve got some great players in the team and we will give Spain a good test on Sunday.”
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