Scottish Premier League

Commons: Lennon wants more

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Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:46:00

Ugo Ehiogu is confident that England are well positioned to have a successful tournament at the Under 20s World Cup.

Much has been made about the state of English football following the dismal performance of the U21s at this summer's European Championship.

But Peter Taylor's U20s have the opportunity to restore some pride and coach Ehiogu thinks the build-up has been positive ahead of Sunday's opening game against Iraq.

Former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ehiogu said in the Daily Star: "There are a lot of good people working hard behind the scenes to get the players ready for the tournament when it starts.

"And we are ready - everything is in place."

England have already been in Turkey for more than a week as they prepare for the tournament and that has benefited the squad.

West Ham United defender Dan Potts said: "We want to come top, so we're only thinking about our performances and how we can win and qualify for the next stage.

"It's been a good week of training but now as the game is getting closer we're starting to take a look at the opponents. The build-up has been good and we want to get off to a good start."

Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles added: "The Iraq game will be a massive match.

"We need to go into it like we did against Uruguay - confident and lively. And if we get after them from the start we should be okay."

The Scottish giants won their domestic league and cup Double last season as well as memorably reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

But influential midfielder Commons thinks Lennon will not be satisfied and will be demanding more from his squad in the coming term.

"We will all be sitting down within the next week or so and discussing how we can at least emulate the last campaign or do better.

"You can be sure he will want us to win the Treble and, at least, get into the last 16 of the Champions League.

"He demands that we improve every year and will not let us stand still."

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