Delfouneso - We can cope
England Under-19s striker Nathan Delfouneso says the Young Lions must not fear the crowd when they play France.
Last Updated: 23/07/10 9:29am
England Under 19s striker Nathan Delfouneso says the Young Lions must not fear the crowd when they take on France in their crunch European Championship clash.
Noel Blake's side play the hosts in Saint-Lo, who are likely to be backed by a vociferous support, knowing they must win to guarantee a semi-final spot.
But the 19-year-old Aston Villa frontman is unconcerned about the home crowd, and believes England can cope with the pressure.
"Forget tournament football - we are now playing an away game," he said in The Sun.
"We know most of the stadium will be wanting France to win but we can't let the crowd faze us.
"We have to go out and beat France and I for one won't be worried about the crowd. I've played for Villa at a few hostile grounds in the Premier League and Europe. I've also seen us play Birmingham at St Andrews and that's really intimidating.
"And if I can get through that, I can cope with France."
France have already qualified after they thrashed Holland 4-1 and Austria 5-0 to seal their progression, but Delfouneso is confident of a result.
"France have been the best team so far. They have been scoring for fun - but we're confident we can go through to the semis," he added.
"We're not worried about France. We played Ukraine twice in last year's finals in Ukraine and did well.
"We rose to the occasion then and, hopefully, we can do it again this year. We could have played better in this tournament but the good thing is, we're improving every game."