More to do on Tuesday says Cattermole
Sunday, 06 September, 2009
The Under-21s captain is pleased with first win as Greece comes into focus
Lee Cattermole was happy after England Under-21s started their 2011 UEFA Championship qualifying campaign with a win over Macedonia, and says they now need to add to the three points with victory over Greece on Tuesday.
The Sunderland midfielder led the Three Lions out in Prilep and played his part as they bettled back from a goal down to win 2-1. Agim Ibraimi had given the home side a first half lead, but coach Stuart Pearce made changes to personnel and team shape at half time and substitute Freddie Sears brought England level.
Cattermole's penalty inside the last ten minutes, after a foul on Jack Wilshere, clinched the match and the three points, but Cattermole says that they must beat Greece on Tuesday if they are going to go home satisfied.
"The gaffer just said to us in the dressing room that we’ve come to this part of the world to pick up six points and we’ve got three of them today," said Cattermole after the win in Prilep.
"We made hard work of it at times, but if you look at the conditions I thought the lads came through it well"
"They were a tough side and i thought they did very well. The conditions were tough and i thought they handled it better than us in the first half. But we changed the formation and changed the way we went out with two up front in the second half and i think it worked a lot better."
And Cattermole was happy to wear the armband, but says he's only keeping it warm for Micah Richards, who led the team out in Holland last month. "It was nice. I think Micah is going to skipper this campaign, but obviously he’s away this trip injured, so the gaffer said he wanted me to captain the side so I was proud. He also said he‘d like me to take the penalties too, and it’s something I didn’t mind doing.
The skipper also had a word for two second half substitutes, Freddie Sears and Jack Wilshere, whose introductions gave England something extra.
"They both did very well," he said. "Freddie’s obviously scored the goal and then Jack went past a couple of players like he does and was brought down for the penalty so they made a big impact.
"We’ve got a big squad and a lot of competition for places."
He added: "We’re just looking at Tuesday night now ad preparing ourselves, recovering well and hopefully going home from Greece with the six points."
England are now in Greece preparing for their second Group Nine Qualifier in Tripoli on Tuesday evening, kick off 5pm BST
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