Becks respects Soca Warriors
14 Jun 2006 - 11:10:34
England captain David Beckham has warned his side not to under-estimate Trinidad & Tobago and treat them as though they are the best team in the world.
A win over the Soca Warriors will send England into the last 16, but Beckham has warned against complacency in Nuremberg.
He told reporters: "The mentality is to win the game and perform well. That's the most important thing whether it's 1-0 or 2-0 or whatever.
"As long as we perform well and we stay together as a team, keep our shape and are professional, that is what matters.
"We would be hugely disappointed if we didn't win this game, but we have to go into it thinking we are playing the best team in the World Cup.
"Potentially they have got players who can hurt us and capitalise on mistakes or bad play."
Striker Wayne Rooney looks unlikely to return to action after his now infamous metatarsal injury, but Trinidad & Tobago coach Leo Bennhakker would love to see the Manchester United ace back in the fold.
He said: "You have to see the great players at the World Cup. I hope he's ready for part of the game.
"Perhaps for 20 minutes Wayne will come on the pitch. As a fan of football I'm looking forward to seeing him."