Jason Lowe says England are ready and raring to go at Euro 2013
Jason Lowe says the England Under-21s squad must reproduce their form from qualifying if they are to reach their goal of becoming European Champions this summer.
Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lowe has been a regular in Stuart Pearce’s young Lions making nine appearances since his debut against Iceland in October 2011.
England have lost just one game in the following ten outings and reached the Finals in Israel in style.
Now, after a week of hard work mixed with relaxation on their training camp in Turkey, Lowe says the team are feeling confident and are raring to go in their opening game against Italy.
“We all know what’s expected,” Lowe told TheFA.com during a chat at the team hotel. “We had the week in Turkey that put it in our minds and prepared us for it.
“It’s going to be the same for every team, it’s going to be warm, you’re just going to have to manage that and get on with the games.
“One thing that we have got is a great team spirit and team bond. Make no mistake, in the mornings [in Turkey] we were working very hard on preparations, but when we had our downtime managed it wisely and it was a good opportunity to get together, bond and have a laugh. It was a really good set-up.
”I hope we can piece it all together now. It’s been two years of hard work getting here, so we have to make sure we keep reproducing in the games.”
The 21-year-old, who has played over 75 times for Blackburn, has previous experience at a major international tournament with the Three Lions.
In 2011 he was part of Brian Eastick’s U20s squad who travelled to Colombia for the FIFA World Cup, and he says he’s loving the chance to be back at one of the big events and playing for his country.
“It’s a real honour for me, every time put the jersey on it’s a very proud moment,” said Lowe. “Over in Colombia was my first experience of tournament life, and was one I’ll never forget.
“So to get the chance again with the Under-21s is something I’m going to relish and take the opportunities when they arrive.”
Now the team are fully focused on their opening game against Italy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night and, with a nine-game winning streak to protect and hopefully add to, Pearce’s men have been studying their opponents.
“We’ve been through bits and bobs, but I’m not going to give anything away what we’ve looked at,” revealed Lowe.
“We’ve done a little bit of shape [in training] and gone through their weaknesses and where we can exploit them.
“But we’re confident we can continue what we’ve been doing in recent games. We’re looking forward to getting started.”
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