The Euro 2020 tournament is well underway, and England played their final group game against the Czech Republic last night at Wembley Stadium.
Having won their first group game against Croatia, the Three Lions drew their previous game with Scotland at Wembley 0-0, after a poor performance, leaving Gareth Southgate and his squad needing victory to win the group, which they duly delivered.
They could now face Germany, France, Portugal, or even Hungary in their knockout stages.
Despite the current crop of England stars fighting it out, Betway recently sat down with a whole host of players to talk about that special feeling of playing at the Euros.
This included Brighton and Hove Albion duo Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana – with Welbeck a part of England’s Euro 2012 squad.
Lallana, however, never actually featured at a Euros for England, but did represent the Three Lions at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The pair opened up on that special feeling of being able to play for their country, having played a combined 76 games for England.
Welbeck first spoke about that feeling of the monumental support during those special tournaments, stating that he knew the whole country was behind himself and his teammates.
However, Welbeck did allude to the pressure of pulling on that coveted shirt, using the advice he received as a youngster at Manchester United…
“Growing up at the Manchester United academy, we’d always been told to play the game, and not the occasion… Try and take that pressure and use it as a positive”.
Lallana spoked fondly of his time playing for England, believing that he will only truly understand how special those moments were once he has retired.
The 33-year-old also the overriding feeling of joy when being able to win a game…
“When you win, there’s no better feeling in football. It’s worth fighting through the disappointments just to achieve them moments”.
One thing for sure is that the current squad will be craving that winning feeling, with all attentions turning to Wembley for tonight’s final group game against the Czech Republic.
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