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Tj Yates: Ready For The Challenge


Tj in action for England against Angola last year


‘We can showcase how good we are to the rest of the world,’ says Portsmouth and England striker Tj Yates ahead of the Nations League in Poland.


With England’s return to Reaseheath fast approaching, Pompey forward TJ Yates will be looking to carry the League Cup success with his club into the international scene.


Yates has scored eight goals for the Hampshire club in just four games and hopes that his performances in the league will earn him some more international experience.


He said: “I’m hoping to get more involved with the national team and get more game time to improve and take a leading role in the team.


“I feel my performances in the league will help show that.”


As the England squad prepare for the Nations League in June, the 32-year-old believes that he and his teammates are ready to show what they can do.


“We play against Poland, Spain and Turkey,” said Yates.


“All three of those teams are world class and it will be a big test for us, one I’m really looking forward to.


“I feel we have a great team, with a mixture of youth and experience and I believe we can showcase how good we are to the rest of the world.”


Yates alongside teammate Ray Westbrook in England training.


All four teams competing in Division A of the Nations League made it to the Quarter-finals of the European Championships in 2021, with Turkey being crowned champions. A year later, they also lifted the World Cup trophy in Istanbul respectively.


However, since the World Cup and Scott Rogers taking charge of the national team, England have been limited to in-house games/fixtures.


Though Yates, is confident that the next tournament will be a positive one for England.


Yates in Poland in 2022.

“The transition of the new coaching setup has gone very well,” he said.


“Players and coaches are all engaged with each other and the identity of how we want to play is there.


“The future of the team looks fantastic, and I love being a part of it.”

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