Lions aiming to bowl over Argentina
By James Marshall in Pachuca
Wednesday, 29 June, 2011
Captain Nat Chalobah says spirit is strong ahead of Argentina clash.
have been preparing for their World Cup Second Stage game against Argentina with a trip to do some bowling inbetween training sessions.
After being back in Pachuca since Sunday and preparing for Thursday's game on the training pitch, the team had chance to unwind in their spare time by going to the local bowling lanes as well as a trip to the cinema.
Captain Nathaniel Chalobah felt it was a worthwhile excursion for all involved and gave his thoughts to TheFA.com on the team spirit within the camp, his first international goal and playing against Argentina.
“It has been good to get out of the hotel and go bowling, the lads are really positive and everyone is looking forward to the Argentina game, we are raring to go,” he said from the team's hotel.
“The team’s spirit has been really good within the camp, we have had time to relax and prepare for the games properly.”
Asked about scoring for his country for the first time against Uruguay, a smile quickly appeared on the Chelsea youngster's face.
“It was an incredible feeling to score for my country, it’s hard to describe the feeling when the ball crosses the line and hits the back of the net," he added. "I was filled with so much joy, I just didn’t know what to do! In the end, me and Blair Turgott did a dance to celebrate.”
On facing Argentina, Chalobah insisted that his team’s opponents will be looking for a much improved performance after finishing third in their group.
“It would have hurt the Argentineans finishing third in their group, as they are a huge football nation," he said. "They will definitely want to put in a much improved performance against us and we have to be aware of that.
“We expect a tough game against them and we will have to be at our best to beat them. We are focused on our game, we will go out and give it 100 per cent and hopefully get a win.”
If England beat Argentina, they will progress to the Quarter Finals where they will play either the USA or Germany in Morelia on Monday.