Matty Taking Nothing For Granted

Last updated : 02 January 2004 By Brian Cartlidge

However, the Blues centre-back is determined to do his best to book his place on the plane by continuing to put in impressive performances in the Premiership.

""It is in my own hands. It is how I perform for Birmingham week in and week out that will determine whether I am going to be part of the squad that goes to Portugal.," Upson told the Press Association.

"I have to make sure I work as hard as I can whenever I go onto the pitch. There is a lot of good competition out there and there are a lot of good defenders around in my age group."

Upson, who was named in the FA.Com's team of the year this week, has so far made 6 appearance's in Sven-Göran Eriksson's side since winning his first cap against South Africa in May last year.