Daniel Sturridge wants to take the lessons learnt from his season with Liverpool as England head into their vital World Cup clash with Uruguay.
An opening-game loss to Italy means Roy Hodgson’s men have it all to do in Group D and they could need two wins from their remaining two games to progress.
A draw with Uruguay and a win over Costa Rica could also be enough, but Sturridge knows the risk of leaving things to chance.
Liverpool went close in the title race but in the end were pipped by Manchester City, who never blinked after the Reds let them back in.
“A draw could be enough but what I learned at Liverpool is that if it’s in your hands it’s best to try and get it done and deal with it yourselves than ask for favours,” he said. “There are no guarantees.
“You try your best to get the job done. We understand what we have to do, it’s not rocket science.
“We have two games and need a minimum of four points. We have to try and do that.
“We have a lot of confidence, adrenalin and no nerves.”
Sturridge scored England’s goal against Italy and will be central to their chances against Uruguay.
That game will put Sturridge up against club team-mate Luis Suarez, who remains a fitness doubt. Sturridge has been grilled about whether or not he has been in touch with Suarez but he is only thinking of his own team.
“I don’t think Luis has asked me for clues and I haven’t asked him for any,” he added.
“It’s a game of football. He’s trying to help his country and I am mine. I wish him well.”
Sturridge does not believe there is any extra pressure on England’s young players either.
“I think expectations comes from everybody else, we go out there and play our way and as well as we can as a team,” he said. “We realise what sort of squad we have, a mix of youth and experience.
“We now have two games to get the job done.”