Lescott focused on Swiss
Joleon Lescott insists the whole England squad is focused on Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland.
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Last Updated: 01/06/11 3:35pm
Joleon Lescott insists the whole England squad is focused on Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland despite it coming at the end of a long hard season.
England welcome Switzerland to Wembley on Saturday aiming to complete the double over the Swiss and boost their bid to qualify from Group G.
The game will be the final outing for the players before their summer breaks and Lescott insists they will not be taking their eyes off the ball.
"No one is focused on their break, everyone is fully focused on the game," Lescott told Sky Sports News.
"We know how important the game is and we know Switzerland are going to have a strong team and if we don't apply ourselves right it could be a potential banana skin."
Lescott also shrugged off concerns over possible fatigue affecting the England squad ahead of the Switzerland showdown.
"I wouldn't say we are tired," added Lescott. "Obviously we are looking forward to the break, but the last few weeks I finished the season well.
"We won the FA Cup and got a Champions League position so it has been an exciting time for me so I am looking forward to hopefully being involved in some part on Saturday and then enjoy my break."
Lescott admits his success with City has given him a confidence booster ahead of linking up with England.
"It's a massive boost, obviously the season's been great for me personally.
"It started a bit slow, but the second half of the season I started to play more regularly and we achieved our goals.
"To win the FA Cup was a great achievement and great bonus, but our main focus was to get Champions League and fourth place and we managed to get third spot and automatic qualification."
Lescott accepts he faces a major challenge to try and get a place in Fabio Capello's starting XI ahead of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand who he regards as two of the best defenders in the world.
"It's going to be hard [to get into the team], they are two of the best in the world and have been doing it for a number of years so it's going to be no easy task," continued Lescott.
"If it was we would not be the force we are at international level so if I can just apply myself right and hopefully stay in the City team next season and play in the Champions League it can only bode well for me to be ready when called upon."