ASAMOAH Gyan today insisted Ghana can handle the demands of two games in three days – even though he missed their first encounter through suspension.
The Black Stars have endured a hectic 48 hours ahead of their first ever meeting with England, at Wembley tonight.
Following Sunday’s African Cup of Nations qualifier in Congo, the Ghana squad were hurried into the economy section of a flight to Heathrow, where they landed yesterday.
Sunderland striker Gyan had travelled with his national team-mates to Africa despite being banned against Congo.
But he is expected to be back in the starting line-up tonight and the 25-year-old believes victory at the weekend will soften the fatigue from their harrowing schedule.
Gyan told the Echo: “It will be very difficult playing two games in three days.
“It’s something I only thought about just before the Congo game.
“We flew from Congo yesterday to play tonight so in some ways, I was lucky I was not playing in the first game.
“We travelled with all the normal passengers – it’s not like England!
“I was really disappointed to miss the Congo game - I don’t like being suspended.
“It was a big game and we needed to win the game to qualify.
“The manager needs every key player to be in his team and I wasn’t able to play.
“But the England game is also there and thankfully we got the three points before it.”
Gyan will fulfil his boyhood dream when he makes his first ever appearance at Wembley tonight.
Although England boast a glut of household names within their ranks, Gyan insists Ghana will be not be overawed by the experience of facing England.
And with Fabio Capello vowing to make wholesale changes following Saturday’s win over Wales, Gyan believes Ghana have every chance of becoming the first African country to beat England.
“I’ve never played at Wembley and I can’t wait to play there,” said the £13million summer signing from Rennes.
“I know Wembley because everyone in Ghana has been watching the English league and most of the cup finals have been played at Wembley.
“That was where I was dreaming of playing and this is the time.
“We don’t put pressure on ourselves even though England have quality players.
“They have to demonstrate what they’ve got to us on the field.
“But we’re not an easy side to beat so we’ll just go there and play our normal game.”Mensah’s Sunderland team-mate Asamoah Gyan has been impressed by Jack Wilshere who made his competitive debut for England against Wales.
Gyan said: “Wilshere has made a big impression. He is a young lad who is improving so well.
“He is getting his confidence into the national team. Fabio Capello is a good coach who is improving the players.”
Ghana have no injury worries and the main concern to coach Goran Stevanovic is tiredness after the weekend win against Congo.
Stevanovic said: “We have no injury worries but just a little tired because we travelled a lot the last two days.
“We have spent a lot of time flying from Kenya-Congo-Kenya-London.
“That is a bit of a problem but it will not affect our game.”