International friendly matches. Who needs them? What’s the point?
Ahead of England v Scotland at Wembley, Sport-locker.net would happily try to convince the doubters but on this occasion we are going to let England international stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge do the talking.
They are the stars of this latest video released by Nike in order to show how much England matters to them having proudly pulled on the three lions shirt in recent friendlies against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the Maracana for England and he shared his thoughts with Sport-locker.net…
“It’s an amazing country, especially Rio – the city’s unbelievable. I’ve been looking out of my hotel window at the beach and people are on here playing until 9 o’clock at night. “
“I’ve seen people playing in the street, they’re very experimental with a lot of flair, and it does make you want to try stuff. They’re just doing it for a laugh but their tricks and their skills are probably a lot better than a lot of professional footballers.”
“Everyone was saying “we need to get back here next year”. Imagine this x100, to see how passionate everyone is and how busy it’s going to be. It’s definitely something we’re all striving for.”
(On playing for England)
“My dad played for England as a footballer, and in my eyes he was just my dad – so I thought if he can do it why can’t I do it. That’s just being young an naive I guess!”
“In any walk of life, never mind football, you’ve always got to be appreciative of the opportunities you get. You’ve always got to have self belief, but you can never let that self belief be overtaken with too much arrogance because you’ve got to realise that anyone can take your place at any moment.”
(On his goal in Brazil)
“It’s all a bit of a blur. It’s an unbelievable feeling and it’s a great moment for myself – something I’ll never forget. I’m sure my family will be happy with that as well. The most important thing is that I was able to come on and contribute something for the team.”
Here are the thoughts of Daniel Sturridge…
(On playing for England)
“For now I’m a work in progress, I understand I’m not a complete player and I’m gladly doing the work because I understand I need to improve.”
“The manager gives you negatives and positives, which is what you need – you need the truth. You need people that aren’t around you all the time to tell you the naked truth and when you get that it humbles you and makes you realise “Look I need to improve on this and I’m going to do the work””
‘You have to love the pressure, you have to want the pressure, you have to understand that to be successful you have to deal with it, you have to embrace it”
(On World Cup hopes)
“You never know what the future holds but I’m looking forward to hopefully being on that plane.”