The youngsters managed to beat their opponents 1-0 in the first leg at Wembley on Friday, but the Liverpool midfielder warns his side that they must be at their best in Krusevac
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has warned his England Under-21 team-mates that they must be at their best if they are to match Serbia Under-21s on Tuesday.
Stuart Pearce’s side won the first-leg 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a Craig Dawson penalty but the midfielder is aware that the slender lead will be tough to defend in Krusevac.
However, Henderson insists that if England play at their best, they can achieve the result needed to qualify for next summer’s European Championship.
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"Serbia were a decent side and have some good players, they made it hard for us at home,” he told the Football Association’s official website.
“We know it’ll be another tough game, they are at home, playing in front of a big crowd, so they’ll be up for it and we have to make sure we match them and that we’re up for it.
“Serbia defended quite well but Raheem [Sterling] Incey [Tom Ince], Wilf [Zaha] and Sords [Marvin Sordell] caused them a bit of havoc at times, taking them on and creating some chances.
“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to put them away, but hopefully Tuesday will be a different story.
“If we play the way we know we can we’re confident we can get the result we need.”
The 22-year-old also explained that the mood is positive in the team’s dressing room, and pointed to their impressive defensive record as reasons to be confident heading into the return leg, with Stuart Pearce’s side not having conceded a goal since November 2011.
“Everyone’s enjoying it and we’re playing some good stuff and the minute,” he added.
“We need to keep working on the areas we know we have to improve on.