James Justin

Justin Excited For The Future

Leicester City defender James Justin says he is enjoying his football for Club and country as he prepares to return to Premier League action against Liverpool on Sunday (7:15pm kick-off).
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- James Justin looks ahead to Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield (7:15pm)
- The defender scored on international duty for England Under-21s earlier this week
- Top of the table City are looking to extend a six-game winning run when they take on the defending champions
- The Foxes are in a good position to keep building on the earlier season success, according to Justin

The England Under-21s full-back scored during Tuesday's 5-0 win over Albania, in what was a ruthless performance from the Young Lions to end their successful qualification campaign for next year's UEFA European Under-21s Championships. 

Now turning his attention back to club matters for league leaders City, who travel to Anfield this weekend, Justin says he is not fazed by the demands of playing a series of fixtures in a short space of time. 

"I guess it's the English way, the hunger and the fight that we need to win games on the pitch," the 22-year-old commented earlier this week.

"For me personally, I love all of the games that we've had to play and when you come away on an international break it's another chance to showcase your talents. I'm finding it really good and getting a lot of exposure, which is what I want.

On the pitch it's been excellent, I've been getting a lot of help from the coaches at Leicester and getting little pointers that can improve my game by one per cent which is what you need to get you to the top.

James Justin

"I feel I'm more than capable of dealing with it (playing a number of games) and hopefully I can show over the next few weeks that I'm physically capable."

Leicester City sit atop of the Premier League table after eight matches and are also top of their Europa League group, with a 100 per cent record, as part of a six-game winning streak in all competitions.

Justin admits that the quick turnaround from 2019/20 and this season's busy schedule brings challenges, but ones the squad are able to overcome. 

"The season has been tough for a lot of teams and there has been a lot of injuries at certain clubs and we're one of those also," the defender explained. "But you've not just got to build a first 11, you've got to build a squad and that's what these times are for.

"We're proving that we have a really good squad and Liverpool obviously have an excellent squad there so I'm sure they won't be scared going into the game and be more than happy with what they've got.

"It's been challenging with the shorter pre-season at the start and then we've had a lot of games midweek with the Europa League.

"So there's a lot of games to fit in, but as a squad we're definitely in a better place (than last season). We're playing a lot of games with the Premier League and the Europa League back-to-back and we're doing well in both competitions.

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Extended highlights from the Foxes' 1-0 Premier League victory over Wolves on Filbert Way.

"When we get our full squad back fit, there'll be a lot of competition for places and we'll keep pushing as a squad."

Justin has enjoyed an extended run in the Foxes' starting XI, featuring in 11 of the 12 fixtures played so far this campaign.

Often deployed as a left full-back, or wing-back, the former Luton Town youngster also reflected on his own journey and personal development over the last year.

He added: "It's been a really good 12 months for me personally. Hopefully now I can show everyone that I am a senior player.

"On the pitch it's been excellent, I've been getting a lot of help from the coaches at Leicester and obviously Aidy [Boothroyd] and the coaching staff (with England), just on little pointers that can improve my game by one per cent, which is what you need to get you to the top.

"There's always that aspiration for me to play in the seniors but obviously I've got to focus on where I'm at, at the moment, and that's the Under-21s."

All times GMT. 

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