Liam Moore: 'It's time to show fans what we can do'

Friday 10 Oct 2014
Leicester City's Liam Moore in training with England U21s
Liam Moore believes England Under-21s are ready to step up their game to another level as they prepare to face Croatia in the Euro play-offs.

The Three Lions squad have been training at St. George’s Park all week in preparation for Friday’s first leg in Wolverhampton.

And after coming through their qualifying group with an impressive record, Leicester City star Moore is now anticipating a higher level of opponent at Molineux.

England U21s v Croatia U21s

UEFA Euro U21 Championship
Play-off first leg
5.45pm, Friday 10 October 2014
Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Live on BT Sport
Call 0871 222 1877 for tickets

"We’re looking forward to it," he said. 

"People will say that we’ve had easier games in the group but now it’s important for us to show what we can do against the top teams in Europe.

"It’s always a pleasure to play for England and people are really starting to take an eye on the Under-21s because we’re being successful in the games we’re playing.

"So it will be a great for the fans to come down and see what we’re all about and we’ll see if we can put on a show and get the right result."

The central defender has become one of the first names on boss Gareth Southgate’s team sheet since breaking into the squad last November.

His performances for Leicester City as they won the Championship last term were followed up by some strong displays in the Toulon Tournament during the summer.

And then Moore cemented his place in the Three Lions line-up with two more solid games in last month’s victories in Lithuania and Moldova.

"Those were two important games," he admitted. 

England Under-21s defender Liam Moore.

Liam Moore has become a regular in Southgate's side during qualification

"People thought we would have taken our foot off the pedal but the kind of group we are, we kept pushing and we’re feeling good.

"For us, it’s important that we keep a clean sheet at home and that would be brilliant.

"I think we’re a team that has got great attackers and we feel very confident in our ability to score goals.

"But successful teams need a good defensive record and in the group, I think we had that but now there’s more pressure on the games, we need to continue being as solid.

"If we can, we can definitely go on to do good things."

The squad met up to begin their preparations for the games on Sunday evening and both Southgate and his staff have been happy with the way things have gone.

And 21-year-old Moore says the squad are also satisfied with their work on the training pitch before the games come along.

"It’s been really good and we’ve got everything we wanted to work on done now," he said.

"It’s been really busy [at St. George’s Park] with the first team squad and the younger ages being here, so it’s been a good camp and we’ve trained really hard so we’re ready.

"The main focus when we meet up on these trips is always on us. 

"Obviously we respect the opponents and we have a look into what they can do but the most important thing is how we do on the day.

"We’ve been doing that this week to put a lot of emphasis on ourselves and we’ll go into the game full of confidence."

Leicester City

Liam Moore has enjoyed Leicester City's return to the Premier League

Confidence is certainly something which Moore brought with him from the Kingpower Stadium.

The Leicester-born player has been an ever-present under Nigel Pearson so far this season as the Foxes look to have adapted quickly to life in the top flight.

And Moore sees it all as part of his learning curve and development as a player.

"It’s been fantastic, and really enjoyable on a personal note as well," he admitted.

"I’ve started every game and played against some world class players.

"That’s something which I’m learning from every week and if I can continue to do that then it can only improve me no end."

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