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West Ham's Upson chasing England recall

West Ham defender Matthew Upson believes he's a far better player than when he won his last England cap in 2004.

"I have changed a lot since I last played for England, physically I am in the best shape of my career and I am a much better player now," said Upson.

"I won caps and played in competitive internationals but I was not the finished article. I was not at the level mentally that I am now.

"I was at a point at Birmingham were I was doing OK but not stepping up to the next level. I want to get the best out of my career and I want to play for England again, so I needed to change things.

"That is what I have done and I think it is paying off.

"I speak to a psychologist a lot and we analyse everything, my behaviour, training during the week, everything.

"As a young player I did not pay too much attention to psychology. I don't think it is something you do unless you are brought up in an environment like Tiger Woods or Lewis Hamilton, sports stars who are groomed at a young age to be mentally so advanced.

"But psychology is a massive part of the game, just as much as physical training."

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