Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is hoping that his stand-out England performances can be transferred to the Blues’ quest for more silverware.
The 29-year-old enjoyed a successful Barclays Premier League campaign with City and also scored his first international goal against France in this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament.
However Lescott insists he has got over Euro 2012 disappointment, after crashing out on penalties at the hands of Italy.
Lescott said: “The Euros was a great experience for me personally as it was my first tournament. Obviously it was disappointing that we couldn’t progress to the semi-finals, but it was a great experience.”
Following time away with his family, Lescott is now back, and fully recharged after playing the full 90 minutes in City’s Pre Season defeat at the hands of Oldham.
The England centre back said: “I had a little break; I got away with the family after the Euros and had a bit of down time.”
The former Wolves player is hoping the ability that has seen him earn 19 caps for England and a regular place in the Manchester City team can lead to a successful new season at The Etihad.
“We’re the team to beat at the minute with the title under our belts so it’s going to be exciting this year and hopefully we can achieve similar feats,” he said.
“I think being champions will put more pressure on us and I think the fans and the players will be keen to achieve the same goals this year.”
With rivals Chelsea and Manchester United strengthening their squads in the summer transfer window, City may be making some signings of their own as they aim to retain the trophy which evaded them for 34 years.