Defender Romain Correia said today he was prepared to take a spot in the under-20 Portuguese squad and admitted that the season at Vitória de Guimarães B gave him "experience" to face the World Cup.
"The goal is always to play. The selection is different, it is a pride to be here. I'm working hard to ensure this place. It is up to 'mister' Hélio Sousa to define the players who will play, "said the defender.
The 19-year-old midfielder was speaking to reporters after the U20 team's visit to the Bielsko-Biala stadium in Poland, where Portugal will make the Group F debut in the World Championship category on Saturday against Korea southern.
Romain Correia has played in more than 20 games in the II Liga this season, in the service of Vitória de Guimarães B and confessed that the experience made him ready to face the World Cup.
"He gave me, above all, income and experience, in the first season at professional and senior level. I'm ready for this challenge, "he said.
Despite the setbacks that the Portuguese delegation had to face in Poland due to the bad weather in Frankfurt, Germany, which led to the cancellation of the first training, on Tuesday Romain was peremptory: "We are well . It was a little annoyance, but it did not take away our focus. We're working for the first game. "
The 'quinas' team held their first practice in Poland today, in a session in which coach Hélio Sousa paid special attention to the dead balls. The coach said that "standing balls define the games" and that Portugal is making "adjustments" to "make as few mistakes as possible" against the South Koreans.
Romain Correia, one of the players who took part in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship last year, was recently considered by his team-mates as the most reserved, having responded in a clear and well-disposed manner.
"It's really, I'm the quietest. I do not like being always talking. I like to talk at the right times. I speak and respond in the field. It's my culture, "he remarked between smiles.
Portugal debut in Group F of the U-20 World Championship on Saturday against South Korea at 14:30 (Portuguese time), followed by matches with Argentina in 28 and South Africa, on 31.
The three group stage matches will be played in Bielsko-Biala.
The top two finishers from each of the six groups and the four best thirds will advance to the round of 16.