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The Toffees centre-back is concentrating on the task at hand: helping England to qualify for the World Cup...

Joleon Lescott has revealed today that he is now focusing on his England duties, after the disappointment of losing in Saturday's FA Cup final to Chelsea at Wembley.

Speaking to reporters in a press conference at the Three Lions' training base at London Colney, the West Midlander acknowledged that the defeat was painful, but it was important not to dwell on such things when there was work to do for your country.

"Yes, definitely," he asserted, when quizzed as to whether international duty was an antidote to the pain of losing. "Obviously, it was a great disappointment for me and the club, [as well as] everyone associated with Everton on Saturday, but we have to get over it now.

"Obviously, international duty beckons, so I'm focused head-on for that."

As for whether the Chelsea players, who last year faced similar disappointment after losing the Champions League final to Manchester United, had helped him in his attempts to get over the pain of losing, Lescott was in humorous mood when he replied.

"Helpfully, they've not mentioned it, to be fair that's the best thing they can do!" he smiled. "They've not rubbed my face in it, but we've just got on with training today and we're fully focused for the game ahead."

The Toffees defender was also keen to establish a more regular presence for himself in Fabio Capello's plans, adding, "I haven't stamped my authority on the squad yet. I'm in and out over the year, so I'm focusing on that and train hard and put my foot down and hopefully get in the squad a bit more regularly."

Rio Ferdinand has been struggling with back and knee injuries, which could give Lescott a chance to impress against Kazakhstan and Andorra.

"It would be nice," he affirmed. "Obviously I don't want to see Rio injured. He's one of the best. It means we've got more chance of winning with Rio in the team, but if he's not selected then I'll be looking forward to it if I'm involved."

As for whether England's excellent record so far in qualifying was building momentum, the versatile defender was unequivocal, as he concluded, "Definitely. Winning the all the previous games builds confidence and that helps create camaraderie and a fully-focused team."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com


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