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Man Utd defender Smalling up for big England U21 performance today

Manchester United's England U21 defender Chris Smalling is determined for a big game today against Spain.

Smalling will line up for England's youngsters today when Stuart Pearce's men open their European Under-21 campaign against Spain in Herning.

And the 21-year-old, who will be handed the job of taking care of ­Valencia's brilliant playmaker Juan Mata, said: "It has been an epic ­season for me - and I just want it to continue.

"It is crazy what has happened to me over the last year or so, but once you have had a taste of success you just want it again and again. Hopefully this is what will happen for the rest of my career.

"When I got the chance to ­become a Manchester United player I knew that it was a massive club and that because they are so used to winning trophies I would have to bide my time and be ­patient.

"To play a big part in the team's success has been so exciting for me. I expected a few games, but the magnitude of some of them has been amazing. I already feel that I am a much better player than I was last year because Sir Alex Ferguson has shown confidence in me and I now feel comfortable ­whoever I come up against."

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