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Ghana's Asamoah Gyan relishes England challenge

Asamoah Gyan
Gyan is keen to score against England

Asamoah Gyan says Ghana will give England a good run for their money when the two sides meet on Tuesday.

The Black Stars will face Fabio Capello's side at Wembley in the first ever meeting between the two nations.

"In football, anything can happen, so we will just go there and make sure we play our normal game against England.

"We promise we are going to give them a good match and we will see what happens," Gyan said.

The Sunderland forward added: "Everybody is expecting something positive. It is like a World Cup to Ghanaians because they have been looking forward to this game for a long time.

"Before, people didn't know Ghana and we have proved to everyone by what we did at the World Cup that we are capable of doing something big.

"That's what we demonstrated at the World Cup and there will be much respect for us because we did very well.

"But we are not playing an easy side, so it's a challenge to us.

"We have to demonstrate to them that what we did at the World Cup wasn't luck, we knew what we were doing."

Gyan would like nothing better than to find the back of the net against England having enjoyed a good deal of banter with his English club-mates.

He said with a smile: "I am not going to predict - but even if I don't score and my country wins, I will be okay."

Gyan is hoping he gets another chance of World Cup glory after finding himself at the centre of Ghana's heart-breaking exit in South Africa last year.

The 25-year-old striker admits his mind sometimes goes back to his heart-stopping penalty miss against Uruguay.

However, he knows he is in good company and is confident he is young enough to be able to make amends in the future.

"Sometimes I do sit down and think about it because it would have been the first time an African team had qualified for the semi-finals, and it didn't happen due to that incident.

"But we have got more years, I am so young. Sometimes, I do think about it - maybe at the next World Cup, we can do something more.

"The penalty is forgotten. I just said to myself, there are bigger players than me who have missed that kind of penalty - Roberto Baggio, Michel Platini, Maradona.

"I will just put that behind me and concentrate on my career because if I keep on thinking about it, it is going to disturb me."

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