Sven-Goran Eriksson believes that the events of the last week have made...
The England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson believes that the events of the last week have made his team even stronger...
Speaking at his final press conference before Saturday's all-important Euro 2004 qualifer, Sven stressed that his team were united and focused for the challenge.
"The team are very much together," he said. "What has happened has happened but I think the team has come out as strong as it was -- maybe even stronger.
"If you meet an opponent not concentrated you are very happy -- that's sport -- but I can promise you that we will be very focused and concentrated on the pitch tomorrow.
"We have to be well organised defensively and attack well but I've said that the head is very important. If you keep your head for 90 minutes then you have a very good chance," he said.
"Even if a lot of things have happened the practice sessions we've had was extremely good and the players have worked very hard," he said.
England have not lost a single qualifying game whilst Eriksson has been manager, and the Swede believes that the credit for that impressive record is his players' attitude.
"We were very close to losing one at home to Greece [in October 2001] - but the key to that is the players are very good and very focused when there is a real game.
"Some of the friendlies haven't been that good - but when it's qualification they have been very good.
"I have never had a team play in Turkey; I can imagine the atmosphere will be very good even if we don't have any fans there. We will appreciate the atmosphere, and that will bring us 'up' - not just the Turkish players.
"We will try to play as we normally do. We have to be well organised, defending well. The head is always very important; if you can keep the head cool for every moment of the ninety minutes then you have a very good chance.
"It's a big game here tomorrow and it means a lot to get a result. I think you will see a very good England team tomorrow night."
Sven will put his team through their final paces with a training session at the match stadium tonight.
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