DAVID Vaughan can’t wait for tomorrow’s ‘dream’ encounter with England.
The Seasiders midfielder will step out in front of a full house at the Millennium Stadium for the Euro 2012 qualifier and pit his wits against the likes of Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere in the England midfield.
Even though Wales can’t qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine, Vaughan is relishing the opportuntiy to try to help his country record a famous victory.
“I am really excited about it. It shoud be a great game in front of what is going to be a massive crowd, most of whom will be supporting Wales. The atmosphere will be fantastic,” said the 28-year-old.
“This was the game we were all looking forward to when the group draw was made. It is a huge deal for us in Wales, a dream game.
“Probably last year, as a Championship player, I’d have been a bit nervous about the game but I’ve been playing against the top players throughout this season, so now I know what to expect and what I need to do.
“We feel as though we owe the Welsh fans a performance. We’ve not done particularly well recently, so hopefully we can improve on that and show the public we have a good team.
“Do I think we can win? Yes. You’ve got to think like that.”
Vaughan is feeling in good nick and refreshed after being given a week off by Ian Holloway at the start of the month
He says he needed it. “It has been a tough season, particularly over the Christmas period when we had quite a lot of games,” Vaughan said. “It catches up with you but the manager has been great with me and he gave me a week off before the Blackburn match.
“I didn’t go away but I just relaxed properly at home with the family and I recharged my batteries. I’m feeling good and my aim for the next few weeks is to keep doing my best for the team and win some games to keep us in the Premier League.”
Vaughan is out of contract at the end of the season and has admitted he will wait and see what division Pool are in before deciding where his future lies.
There are rumours of interest from Everton and Blackburn, which means that even if the Seasiders stay up they may find it tough to keep him.
“I’ve not made my mind up about any of that yet. I’ll deal with it at the end of the season,” Vaughan added.
“All I know is that it’s been an enjoyable season and on the whole I have been pleased with my performances.
“I’ve had the odd bad game but in general I’ve been pretty happy with the way things have gone.”