Matt Derbyshire joins Under-21 squad in Norway after Greece adventure.
Norway v England
5.30pm (GMT), Friday 27 March 2009
Komplett.no Arena, Sandefjord
England v France
8pm, Tuesday 31 March 2009
The City Ground, Nottingham Forest FC
Ticket Details £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, call 0871 226 1980 or buy onlineGroup Booking Form | Charter Standard Booking FormThere might be something of a climate shock for England Under-21 striker Matt Derbyshire on Friday evening, when the Lions face Norway in freezing conditions.
Derbyshire is currently on loan from Blackburn Rovers with Greek giants Olympiakos who he has just helped to win the League title, but after travelling back to England to link up with the squad earlier this week, he now faces possible snow storms in Scandinavia.
“It’ll be a bit different to what I’ve been used to over the last few weeks,” laughed Derbyshire, who last played for Stuart Pearce’s team in August.
“But you just have to get on with it and go out there and try and win the game.
“It’s been good catching up with the lads and being back in the squad this week, so hopefully I can do well this week and maybe score a goal or two.”
The 22-year-old was part of the squad which reached the European Championship Finals in the Netherlands in 2007 and with this year’s competition fast approaching again, he admits it is something he is hoping to be involved in again.
“Of course, we all are really looking forward to the chance of being at the Finals,” he said.
“It was a great experience two years ago in Holland, so hopefully I can be involved this time around too. I’m sure with the team we’ve got we can go far.”
As for his spell in Athens, the Lancastrian admits he is enjoying the experience of playing regular first team football for a top European club.
He has scored four goals in nine appearances so far, including the opener in their title-winning victory at Panionios last weekend as well as playing in the UEFA Cup and he reveals it’s been an good experience for him.
“It’s going very well,” he admitted.
“It’s an interesting place, good weather and the lifestyle is really nice and on the pitch I’m playing football and scoring a few goals and that’s what I want to do.
“It was a fantastic experience (to win the league) and although I’ve only been there a short while, I felt very much a part of the team and the success.”
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