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Lescott continues England run

  • 11 September 2012 15:17
  • Posted by David Clayton

Joleon Lescott is enjoying the best international run of his career.

The City defender will win his 23rd international cap against Ukraine at Wembley this evening and has played in every game since manager Roy Hodgson took over.

With John Terry ruled out with injury, Lescott will also be the senior member of the central defensive unit alongside either Phil Jagielka or Gary Cahill.

The City star will line-up alongside Club team-mates Joe Hart and James Milner, and featured in the 1-0 win over Ukraine in Euro 2012.

“I think it helps because the more frequently you come up against teams, you learn their style of play,” said Lescott, “But I think this game is going to be a different atmosphere than the last time we met.

“Obviously we were in Donetsk against one of the host nations of the Euros, so they had great backing and hopefully this time it will be equally as good for us.

“Being at Wembley, I'm sure they'll be aware of the intensity of the atmosphere, and that will benefit us."

Meanwhile, Milner, who ended his scoring duck for England against Moldova, says he would trade ever finding the net again for his country if he could help the national team win some silverware.


"If I was to never score another goal for England but we won the World Cup - and I was running around doing the not-glamorous things - I'd be delighted with that," he said.

"The main thing is contributing - whether it is with assists or doing the job you have to do for the team. That is what I'll do and hopefully that will mean scoring more goals.

"It is always nice scoring goals and contributing as much as you can. I think my best scoring season was at Aston Villa when I was in a more central role.

"I still think central is my best position. That’s why City signed me from Aston Villa because I was playing the middle.

"It is down to the manager to pick the team and if he asks me to play wide, that is where I'll play as well as I can and perform as well as I can."

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