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The Kenyan reveals to Goal that the biggest challenge playing in England is coping with match day pressure but admits he has gelled well since joining the Saints

By Timothy Olobulu

Kenya captain and Southampton ace Victor Wanyama says that life in England is far much different from that in Scotland.

The Harambee Stars’ midfielder moved to Southampton from Scottish champions Celtic at the start of the season and has so far started all three premiership matches for the Saints.

Southampton under Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino, have won once, drawn once and last weekend lost their first league match of the season, going down 1-0 away to Norwich City.

Wanyama speaking exclusively to Goal after his first training session with Harambee Stars at Kasarani, says he has found it easy gelling into the Southampton squad but admits the style and speed of play in England is different from Scotland.

“I have not found it hard gelling into the team because my team mates have been very friendly and they have made life relatively easy for me.

“I have enjoyed every bit of England since I arrived and I am looking forward for not only better days but better performances from myself and the team.

“The game in England is much different from that in Scotland. In England the speed is quite high and the game is physical. Also, Southampton play quite a passing game as compared to Celtic and I must say it is a kind of game I enjoy playing. Generally, I feel very comfortable in the team and the league,” said Wanyama, who is gearing up to face Namibia in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Wanyama admits the biggest challenge playing in England is coping with match day pressure. “There is always pressure to perform and pressure to win games. I can say that is the biggest challenge so far.

“You always have to get your mental strength strong and brace yourself to fight. But at the same time, the passion of the game in England is great. The stadium is always full and the fans are there to cheer you up whether you are home or away. It’s fantastic!” added the 2012/13 Scotland Young player of the season.

Asked which match he is looking forward to in the premiership Wanyama responded, “All the fixtures in England are very interesting and I cannot pick up on one that I am itching for. I look forward to each and every game because the 20-teams in the league comprise of world class players’ one would want to play against.”