U21s defender hopes the experience in Israel will help his development for England
Israel v England
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Group A Match
5pm (BST), Wednesday 11 June 2013
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Andre Wisdom is looking to end his Euro 2013 Finals experience with an England win as he continues to develop as an international player.
The Liverpool defender came on late in the 3-1 defeat to Norway on Saturday that ultimately ended the Three Lions’ hopes of progressing to the last four of the competition.
But with hosts Israel coming up in their last match on Tuesday night in Jerusalem, Wisdom hopes he and his team mates can go out on a high.
“Losing the two games and going out is a massive disappointment,” he told TheFA.com. “But we are a strong squad and our spirits are high. The expectation when putting that England shirt on will remain.
“We are just looking forward to the next game against Israel and hopefully get a result and go home with a bit of pride.
“Speaking on behalf of myself and the rest of the players, we love coming away with England and gaining the experience of playing.
“It’s always good to play for your country and we go out in every game to try and win. We want to make sure we go home with a victory and it’ll be good for the squad if we can.”
Wisdom has already experienced European Championship success with England at U17s level.
Alongside fellow squad members in Israel, Josh McEachran, Jack Butland, Nat Chalobah and Connor Wickham, the young Lions triumphed in the Euro 2010 Finals in Liechtenstein, beating Spain 2-1 in the Final.
And he believes what he has learned this summer will only aid his development as he grows as an international and hopes one day he’ll lift another piece of silverware for England.
“To come away and see the other teams play, see what the quality is like within our age group and gain experience playing in a tournament that is potentially like what we’ll have to deal with in the future is great for us,” admitted Wisdom.
“You have to make the most of these experiences as you might not get the chance again. Every game and every tournament you play in or go to you learn something and I’ll definitely take some positives away from this.”
He added: “Hopefully we’ll be able to keep progressing as players. I’m still lucky enough to be able to play next time around for the Under-21s, so it’ll be good if I can be involved and maybe one day win another tournament.”
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