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Wright Ready For Three Lions Test

27 May 2016

North End defender Bailey Wright is ready to test himself against England tonight as the Stadium of Light.

England host Australia in Sunderland this evening, and Wright is relishing the challenge of facing Roy Hodgson's side.

The 23-year-old joined up with the Socceroos at the weekend, and has enjoyed a week of training in the north east ahead of England's penultimate warm up game ahead of the Euros next month.

Speaking of the fixture, Wright said: "It's a fantastic game for us to be playing England on English soil, and it's a big few games for them leading up to the Euros. Everyone in England will be keen to see what the team is about and will have high hopes for them but for us it's a great game and a great test for us.

"They have a good team, a lot of good young players in the England squad, so we are looking forward to it.

"You want to test yourself against the best, there is a long list of good players in that side to test yourself against and that's what it's all about.

"On a personal note, I've lived here for nearly seven years now so I've always been a big fan of England and the Premier League so to be able to test yourself against some of these players is great.

"We will go into the game with confidence, it's something I look forward to and they are a team I looked at when I was a kid so to be playing against England in England is pretty special.

With a number of household names preparing to line up against the Aussies on Friday night, Bailey can't wait to test himself against some of the best in the game.

"At Preston we've played against a few Premier League clubs before and faced some of these players and it's good, it's what you play football for, you want to play against some of the best in the world and some of the best countries and it's a great  opportunity for us.

"I've seen a lot of these players week in week out in the Premier League, a lot of them are in good form and these are the games you want to prove yourself, give it a good go and see how it pans out.

"They have a lot to play for, there's a hype about the Euros, the players are fighting for their place on the plane to the Euros and to be in the team for the opening game and they've just got two games to do that. It's important that we make it as difficult as we can for them.

Wright has established himself in Ange Postecoglou's side, and has enjoyed being back with the squad again this week.

"It's been good being back with the boys, we don't see each other for a while sometimes, or we might play against each other at club level, but it's always nice to go to camp and see wall the boys again.

"There's always new faces around the place so you get to meet new people and new players from all over the place really. There's some from Australia, Europe, Asia then some from over here in England, and it's always good fun being in camp."

There are some new young faces around the Aussie camp for their next three fixtures, and Wright admits it is a good chance for some young players to prove their place in the side ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers later this year.

"There's a few new faces here for this squad, and then a couple in the squad for the Greece games, it gives other people chances to come in and show what they are about and what the manager expects from us.

"We've got the next stage of the qualifiers after these games, but our focus is on these games, and everything is about progression and we will try our best with everything that comes our way."

Speaking of the competition for places in the side, Bailey continued: "You've got to work hard and try and keep that shirt and keep your spot in the team, if you let your standards drop then you will lose your place, that's the environment we have here so when the boys come in we are always pushing each other and it keeps everyone on their toes.

"With these games coming up it's a good opportunity to prove yourself to the manager with some important games coming up later in the year.

"You can't be too comfortable and push yourself to get better, if you don't then there are others around you who are working just as hard to take your spot in the team.

"We've all been there, it can take time to adjust but you have to learn as quickly as possible and make sure you can adapt to it and keep progressing.

"For me it's important that I keep getting out on that pitch and keep getting that shirt and doing the best I possibly can for the team."

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