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Dickson Etuhu paints Roy Hodgson as a bit of a killjoy here, but the Fulham midfielder knows it’s all for a good cause.

The second thing that came out of his mouth after ‘well done’ in the dressing room was ‘Manchester City on Sunday’. Do you think our manager would let us ease off against City? No way.

Who comes to Fulham and gets an easy ride? I’m looking forward to the game as I’ve still got a lot of friends at the club and my brother is still there, though he’s injured at the moment.

Would I swap a night like the one we had against Juventus for City’s cash? Well I’ve had a great career and it keeps getting better and better. I’m not thinking about the past, I’m looking to the future.

The same article catches Paul Konchesky in bullish mood.

What we’ve proved is that we can beat anyone. Tottenham will be worried about us going there now.

By beating Juventus 4-1, everyone will look at that and think it will be tough playing against us. We go into this game knowing we are just one win from Wembley. The manager has said that every pitch is the same, it’s just a different stadium, so why can’t we go and win at White Hart Lane?

The Fulham left-back admits he’s considered his chances of a surprise World Cup call-up, though surely the on-loan Nicky Shorey must be a contender as well.

The thought of getting into the England squad has crossed my mind. The team is doing really well, and if anything comes of that it’s a bonus – hopefully there will be a knock on the door for one or two of the English players here.