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PLAYING FOR OUR SHIRTS..

Byline: JOHN CROSS

KAZAKHSTAN'S top scorer has revealed the limit of his team's ambitions - avoid humiliation.

Sergei Ostapenko Sergei Ostapenko (February 23 1986) is a Kazakhstani professional footballer. He plays as a striker for the Kazakhstan national football team and FC Tobol.

As of July 2007 he has 1 cap for the national team.
, who plays for FC Almaty FC Almaty are a Kazakhstani football based in Almaty. They are current members of the Kazakhstan Super League. The club was formed as FC Tcesna in 2000, changing their name when they won promotion in their first season. , said he just wants to avoid an "absurd disaster" against England, who won 5-1 at Wembley.

Ostapenko said: "We know it's practically impossible to avoid a defeat but our pride will make sure we play the best match in our history.

"That's our aim as a team and my dream is to score a goal and show I can progress in football and move up a level."

Keeper David Loria David Loria is a Kazakhstani football goalkeeper born on October 31, 1981. He plays for the club Halmstads BK since August, 2007. He also plays for the Kazakhstan national football team since 2002.  last night admitted he doesn't care about beating England, he just wants John Terry's shirt.

Loria, 27, is playing behind the defence with the third worst record in World Cup qualifiers, ahead of San Marino San Marino, city, United States
San Marino (săn mərē`nō), residential city (1990 pop. 12,959), Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1913. Of interest is the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
 and Malta, conceding 16 goals in five games.

But the Chelsea fan admits he will be first in line to swap shirts with England's players even though that will infuriate Kazakhstan boss Bernd Storck.

Loria, who plays for Spartak Nalchik, said: "I want a shirt to remember the game by. My team-mates feel the same way.

"I'm a big fan of the Premier League, always watch the games on television, so we know all about the England players.

"We know just to score a goal would be a great achievement. We know the difference between the teams and yet we need to make the most of this experience.

"But to play against England is a big responsibility for us and even more so as it is in our stadium in Almaty.

"We will give everything and we don't go into the game thinking a defeat is definite. We need to cause England problems. I don't worry about England's forwards because these matches are the highlight of my career."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2009
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