Posted on: Wed 13 Nov 2013

Nathaniel Chalobah has been speaking ahead of England's European Under-21 Championship qualifying games against Finland and San Marino, with the midfielder acknowledging the importance of competition for places within the squad.

Manager Gareth Southgate, who will be assisted once again by Steve Holland, saw his side beat Lithuania 5-0 last month, and leads them into Thursday's game against Finland looking for another strong display.

Chalobah, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Stamford Bridge, has praised the attitude of his team-mates in training.

'Our confidence is up, especially from the last game when our performance was great, so we're just trying to work on certain things with regards to Finland,' he told

'There are a few things that we have to tidy up in our game and the manager and Steve have been working on that.

'It's been very competitive, there are a lot of players in certain positions and people are playing for their place. That's always good to have in a team and it's always good to play for your place.

'The competition in training is tough and it makes the sessions better.'

England Under-21s take on Finland at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on Thursday, kick-off 7.45pm, with the following match against Finland taking place at Greenhouse Meadow in Shrewsbury next Tuesday, kick-off 6pm.