Well, after two great results in the league we could only manage a draw away to Napoli. To be fair, they played really well and have a great coach in Roberto Donadoni, who was previously the Italian national side’s manager. I had a chance myself at the end of the match with a free-kick, but their ‘keeper made a great save, so a draw was probably a fair result. Unfortunately, that means that we’re now 14 points behind Inter. They’re playing really well at the moment and keep winning matches, which is something we need to do in order to keep up with the likes of them and Juventus. A Champions League place is definitely on the cards provided we’re consistent between now and the end of the season.
Right now though I’m with the England squad. We won our first match against Slovakia. It was only a friendly, but I thought we played really well and that will give us confidence going into Wednesday’s qualifier against the Ukraine. For me personally it was an incredibly proud moment to win 109 caps for my country. To set up a goal for the team made it even more special and it’s a day I won’t forget in a hurry.
Moving forward though, we know Wednesday will be a tough game and we’re under no illusions about what we need to do. The Ukraine have some top players, including my AC Milan team-mate Andriy Shevchenko, so we’ll need to be at our best, but I know the squad are determined to keep our 100% qualifying record and, with the fans behind us at Wembley, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t get the right result.
That’s all for now.