I'm a Cole man, admits Terry

21 June 2010 07:56
John Terry has expressed his disappointment at Joe Cole leaving Chelsea - but is confident he can help revive England's World Cup campaign.[LNB] Terry believes Cole and Wayne Rooney are the players who can unlock opposing defences as England search for the win against Slovenia which will earn them a place in the last 16.[LNB]Cole has played no part in the opening two games against USA and Algeria which both ended in disappointing draws.[LNB]Terry stressed he would never ask for Capello to pick Cole but knows the qualities of the former West Ham player should he be given a chance.[LNB]The central defender said: "I would never ask for Joe to be picked by England and I haven't done that at Chelsea.[LNB]"It is something that I would never do in my career, go and say 'this player should be in.' It is the manager's decision. That is what he gets paid to do.[LNB]"He has never come to me and asked me about that (Cole) and even if he did, I would feel a little bit uncomfortable giving my thoughts. Obviously I would probably be biased to Joe.[LNB]"But he is ready if called upon and eager to play. He is obviously a great player, one of the best players in our country. He came back from an injury and showed great form for Chelsea."[LNB]Terry admitted: "It still amazes me how the club have come to the conclusion of letting Joe go. We are disappointed with him going.[LNB]"But he can surely do things whether he starts or comes on for England."[LNB]Terry insists the England players will shed any pre-match nerves as soon as they walk on to the pitch to face Slovenia in Port Elizabeth.[LNB]He said: "Once you go out there, that fear is gone. You might have that little fear and butterflies before the game, but once you are out there that is totally gone.[LNB]"We are not afraid. We can accept people saying we played bad or this, that and the other but we don't accept things like that. I don't feel that.[LNB]"I can see why people say it because at times we don't play as flowingly as we do at a club. That frustrates people more than anything."[LNB]Terry is adamant England's participation in the World Cup is not about to end although he accepts criticism will be inevitable should they bow out.[LNB]He said: "We've had a great qualifying campaign and our World Cup is certainly not over. That is the way I am looking at it although we are not in the position we wanted to be.[LNB]"We know we will get stick if we don't qualify. I received a bit of that after not qualifying for the last European Championships.[LNB]"It goes on for five or six months, then dies down again until the next tournament comes along and we go again."

Source: Team_Talk