Chelsea Weston believes England can still improve in Germany.
With one point from one game in their FIFA U20 World Cup campaign, England go into tomorrow’s fixture against Mexico confident they can raise their game and put themselves in a commanding position in Group C.
After being held to a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in their opening match – and with Mexico and Japan drawing 3-3 in the other group game – the Three Lions know a positive result on Saturday will go a long way in helping them progress into the knockout stages of the tournament.
For defender Chelsea Weston, the opening game demonstrated the high level of competition in Germany and how important it is to be able to adapt to the different conditions and styles when playing tournament football.
“It was a really tough game and we knew it was going to be like that against Nigeria. The weather was a bit hotter than expected too,” Weston told TheFA.com.
“Overall we feel that we can improve our performance and that sums our team up, we’re always looking to better ourselves. That’s a good thing going into the next two games.
“Mo [Marley] was happy afterwards and said that to get a 1-1 draw with a side like Nigeria is a very good result. So we were pleased to get our first point on the table.”
Weston – like many of the current U20s squad – has worked under Marley before, notably during the same tournament in 2008 and the successful U19 European Championship-winning side in 2009. Both those tournaments have given the Doncaster Belles right-back a significant boost in confidence as well as the belief that this current crop of players have the ability to make an impact at the highest level.
“Playing in competitions at this level certainly helps you as a player and gives you a lot of confidence and a boost going into the games," said the 20-year-old.
“It gives you a chance to go to countries and play against teams that you may never have experienced before, so being a part of the England set-up and playing in tournaments is a great way to develop.
“Many of us have played in the World Cup before, and after winning the European Championship last year, the next step for us is to do well here and if we could be successful again that would be a dream come true for all of us.
“We’re all going to put in everything we’ve got to try and make that happen.”Watch highlights of England's game against Nigeria game on FIFA.com here. That match with the Mexicans will be live on British Eurosport and online at FIFA.com - click here.