Pandev eager to impress
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goran Pandev hopes scoring against England will clinch a move to The Premiership.
Macedonia striker Goran Pandev hopes scoring against England will help to clinch a move to The Premiership.
Pandev is likely to lead his country's line for Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier at Old Trafford and is determined to impress.
He currently plays for Serie A side Lazio, who secured his services permanently from Udinese in the summer on a contract until 2010.
But he was also linked with a transfer to Arsenal and Pandev is eager to prove he could make an impact in English football.
"I hope to move to England soon," Pandev is quoted in the Daily Star. "There were negotiations over the summer.
"Arsenal is one of the world's best clubs.
"If I continue to play well and have some good offers, then I will go."
Macedonia lost 1-0 at home to England last month, but Pandev feels the team are capable of causing an upset.
The forward was also optimistic that Macedonia could net the first goal against England under the Steve McClaren era.
He added: "Macedonia can score in England, I am sure. England has a very good defensive line, but they also let in goals.
"We could have got a better result and achieved a draw (last month).
"It wouldn't be true to say that I didn't respect England, but I don't think they showed a lot in Skopje. It gives us hope.
"Now we have a chance to prove ourselves once again and we will play at our best."