Nathaniel Chalobah believes England can take plenty of positives from their defeat to Brazil at the Toulon Tournament as they prepare for this evening’s game against Korea Republic.
After winning 3-0 against Qatar in their first game, Gareth Southgate’s Under-20 side were beaten 2-1 by a Brazil side which featured Lucas Piazon on Monday, a game in which Chalobah started in midfield.
The importance of getting back to winning ways immediately isn’t lost on the young Chelsea midfielder.
‘I think after the disappointment of the Brazil game, the lads were a bit down in the changing room but the manager told us not to dwell on it,’ Chalobah told thefa.com.
‘There were lots of positives to take out of that game so we’ll take them into the next one. That was the whole idea of the trip really, to come out here and challenge ourselves.
‘No disrespect to the other [Euro qualifying] teams, but we have to try and compete with the bigger countries, the ones who are known for great football. If we want to really put ourselves up there, we’ve got to play teams like that.
‘Brazil was a big test and I thought we were really unlucky to lose two unfortunate goals, but I thought we played quite well.’
England currently trail group leaders Brazil by six points, albeit having played a game less, meaning a victory tonight is imperative if they are to stand any chance of catching the South American side.
Having watched their opponents at close quarters since arriving in France, however, Chalobah certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.
‘We’ve seen the Koreans in some of their games before we’ve gone to play ours and they look like a good team,’ added the 19 year old.
‘They pass the ball about a lot more than what Brazil did in the games that we’ve seen, so they’re a good footballing side and we shouldn’t really underestimate them.
‘We’ll go out with the same attitude, to win every game, and this is a crucial one for us to win.’