England Under-21s midfielder Tom Carroll ready for football after a busy week
England v Moldova
UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013-15
Qualifying Group One
7.45pm, Thursday 5 September 2013
The Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Live on BT Sport
Call 0844 249 1871 for tickets
By Nicholas Veevers
is hoping to bring a busy week to a positive end on Thursday night as England Under-21s face Moldova in Reading.
The midfielder has had a hectic few days building-up to the game, having sealed a loan switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Queens Park Rangers
minutes before Monday’s transfer deadline.
And with the deal concluded from St. George’s Park
as England prepared for their first Euro qualifier of the new campaign, Carroll now wants to concentrate on football as new Head Coach Gareth Southgate
takes charge of the squad for the first time.
The 21-year-old said: "It's been a really good week working under the new gaffer and Steve Holland.
“Training's been enjoyable and the lads are loving it at the minute.
“It's a good group of lads and we all get on well, so we're just looking forward to the two games now.”
With Moldova first up on Thursday, the squad then travel to Tampere over the weekend where they will face Finland on Monday.
And after starring in last month’s 6-0 victory over Scotland
with his first international goal, Carroll says everyone in the England camp is confident of making a winning start to the new campaign.
"We're all positive and thinking we can get a victory,” he said.
“It's important we put in a good performance as well. We've been working on it in training and we all know what we've got to do.
“It's always important to get off to a good start and with the players we've got here, we know we're capable of producing some good stuff.
“It will be the first time I've played at the Madejski Stadium too, so hopefully we'll get a good turn out and we'll aim to put on a show."
On his return from international duty, Watford-born Carroll will be reporting to Loftus Road after agreeing a season-long switch to the Championship outfit.
And he is relishing the chance of some regular first-team football under his old boss Harry Redknapp, after finding his opportunities at Spurs limited so far this season.
Carroll said: "It's been a busy week for me personally, but I'm delighted to have signed on loan for QPR and can't wait to get started and I’m looking forward to pushing for promotion.
“It will be really good to link up again with the manager. He gave me my debut with Spurs a few years ago so I'm looking forward to working with him again.
“I want to get as many games as I can this season, perform well and hopefully go back to Spurs next year to be in the frame to play some more games there.
“I know I need to go there and perform and I'm sure the players there will help me settle in.
“They've got a great squad so I think certainly we'll be pushing for promotion this season."
Tickets for Thursday’s game with Moldova at Reading’s Madejski Stadium are still available by calling 0844 249 1871 or by visiting www.readingfcdirect.co.uk. Tickets will also be available on matchday at the stadium.