Young Lion

Monday 20 May 2002

Whilst most of Fulham's players have the summer off, Sean Davis and Zat Knight have been involved in the European Under-21 Championships in Switzerland.

David Platt's men have started the tournament brightly after a securing a 2-1 victory over a very impressive Swiss side on Friday evening. However, the match did not run as smoothly for Sean as he was substituted in the 35-minute mark after picking up an early yellow card.

Speaking exclusively to Fulham Today from England's training headquarters Davis looked back on his brief display:

"The referee made some disappointing decisions in the Switzerland match. I made a bad challenge in the first minute of the match which he booked me for.

"After that he was pulling me up quite often so it was very frustrating. It was disappointing to come off after the 35th minute but the gaffer felt if I'd stayed on the pitch, I would have got a red card."

The championships are Davis' first major tournament at international level. Coming so close to the end of the Premiership season, Davis admits that the contrast to club football was a little challenging at first:

"There's a good team spirit in the camp, everyone's enjoying it and having a laugh. But once we're training or playing a match everyone's focused on winning the tournament.

"It's different from club football. There are different routines and the manager has a few different ideas but you have to get used to the changes and be able to take things on board early.

"Obviously I feel a little bit tired because it has been a long season. As a Fulham player I didn't get that many days off, but if you can't get motivated playing for your country what can you get motivated for?

"The only disappointing aspect is that Zat and I won't get much of a holiday. When we get back we'll only have around three weeks off. We won't get any extra time off because we'll have to play in the Intertoto Cup, but that's your job and you have to get on with it."

Both Zat and Sean are hoping to be selected for Monday evening's match against Italy. Coverage starts on Channel 5 from 7.15pm.