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Upson reveals England goal

PUBLISHED: 10:47 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

MATTHEW UPSON has revealed his determination to play for England in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after making his first competitive start for the Three Lions against Kazakhstan on Saturday. Upson was handed a spot in the starting line-up at Wembley

MATTHEW UPSON has revealed his determination to play for England in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after making his first competitive start for the Three Lions against Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Upson was handed a spot in the starting line-up at Wembley after the withdrawal of England captain John Terry through injury and having survived a shaky appearance in the team's 5-1 win, he now wants to establish himself as a regular under Fabio Capello.

The Hammers defender got his career back on track by working with sports psychologist Mike Griffiths in the five years since he was dumped by Arsenal.

Now Upson has won his eighth international cap - and his third under Capello - the 29-year-old can visualise himself as a key part of England's World Cup squad.

He said: "Most great things you do, you'll have pictured it before you've done it. My goal is to play in the World Cup for England, that's my target.

"You have to have that belief or you might as well stay at home. Previously when I joined the squad, maybe I didn't believe I deserved to be here.

"But over the years I've changed my approach and I met Mike Griffiths, who helped me figure things out.

"We've been working together ever since and now I believe I am capable of stepping in and doing a good job.

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