Norwich City’s Morison ready for England challenge

Steve Morison wants Wales to show the belief that they belong on the same pitch as the world's top sides as they look to continue their progress under Gary Speed.

The Norwich City forward has impressed since making the step up to the Premier League, and grabbed the opening goal as Wales picked up the first points of their Euro 2012 qualification campaign with a 2-1 win over Montenegro on Friday.

That victory was Wales' first over a top-20 nation since 2002 and they now face the daunting prospect of a trip to Wembley to chase Group G leaders England tomorrow night.

Speed hopes the win can give his side the necessary belief to follow up what was by some distance the best performance of his tenure to date.

And Morison, 28, has echoed his manager's sentiments as he prepares to lead the Wales line in the absence of the suspended Craig Bellamy.


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When asked about playing the word's best at club and international level, he said: 'You can't go into these games being in awe of these players, and thinking: 'Oh my gosh it's John Terry', or 'it's Torres'.

'Being a Liverpool fan I've watched him and never thought I'd be playing against him, but if we're on the same pitch we are equals.

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'It's just the way I am as a person.

'At every level you have to feel you belong. To be honest I believe in my ability at whatever team I've played with or against.

'If you don't have apprehension and anxiety that night before a game thinking 'am I going to be good enough?' then you will never be good enough.'

Having stepped up to the top flight, after previously playing non-league football for Bishop's Stortford and Stevenage, Morison could be forgiven for being starstruck by some of his Premier League peers.

But he insists that is not the case, and revealed he will not be looking to swap shirts with the likes of John Terry or Wayne Rooney, because he believes it would show a feeling of inferiority.

'If there was a friend I've played against I might swap shirts, as I did in the Championship a couple of times with people I had played with at youth-team level,'' he continued.

'I don't feel I want to run over to somebody after the game and ask for their shirt because as far as I'm concerned we're all on the same level if we are on the same pitch.

'If you go out there and go and get somebody's shirt, nine times out of 10 you have pre-empted doing that.

'You have thought before the game that 'I'll get his shirt', and from a personal opinion, if he's not my friend and I've not known him off the pitch I have no reason why I want his shirt.

'In internationals I have not swapped shirts with anyone – I have always kept my own.

'If somebody wants to ask for mine I'll be more than happy to do so, but I'm not going to be somebody who goes up and asks somebody for theirs. I think you need to be like that. There's no right or wrong way of doing it. I'm not criticising anybody else who swaps – it's just the way I am.''

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