JJ on England

Last updated : 11 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The youngster was one of several of the new boys chosen to attend a press conference and he handled himself well, looking relaxed and composed in front of the cameras.

He even allowed himself a smirk at some of the rather inane questions he faced.

"I'm not overawed at all, I've met most of the team already, they're very friendly and I know a few from the Under-21s so that's made it a lot easier," said JJ.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it, there's nothing better than your first England cap - it's the chance to play in the England team of the future.

"I'm very excited about the fact I'm playing for England, and just looking forward to the game.

"I've been playing pretty well and Sven-Goran Eriksson decided I deserved a chance and I'm delighted."