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Thomas Ince Looking To Make Impact

6 June 2013

Winger Hoping To Play A Part On Saturday For Under 21s

Thomas Ince played no part for the England Under 21s last night as he served a one-match suspension, admitting it was bitterly disappointing to have to watch on from the sidelines as Stuart Pearce's side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Italy Under 21s.

The Young Lions now have two more group games, against Norway and the host nation Israel, in which they will be hoping to accumulate enough points to ensure progression through to the semi-finals.

The Blackpool winger is now looking forward to potentially being back involved on Saturday when England's youngsters take on Norway Under 21s.

"Last night was bitterly disappointing, especially with the result, and the way we felt we played, but we've got two games now to put it right," said Ince.

"We've stretched off today and feel more calm and upbeat about working towards Saturday, when we will play against a good Norway side. We've got strong characters in that team with great ability and we will be looking to show that on Saturday.

"We have prepare well on the training pitch tomorrow; we know what problems Norway can cause us but with the ability in this team we know we can hurt anyone."

A draw against the Norwegians would still leave England with a chance of progressing, providing other the other result goes their way, but realistically Ince knows that only a win will do.

"We have to go and beat Norway. We've never struggled with that pressure in the past. 

"We know where we stand now, the fact that we face Norway with high spirits and positivity. First of all we need to concentrate on working hard on the training pitch tomorrow, preparing right and going into Saturday full of hope and confidence.

"There are some strong players who want to play on Saturday and I'll have to make sure I'm ready to go on Friday morning to train hard and if I find myself in contention on Saturday then I will try my best and hopefully we can pick up three points against Norway."

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