Terry targets Euro 2012 success to make up for England failures

06 October 2011 05:30
Captain John Terry admits it would be a dream come true to lead England to success in a major tournament.

The Chelsea defender, who was captainin England's unsuccessful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and part of the side which underperformed at last summer's World Cup, is desperate for Fabio Capello's men to make amends at Euro 2012.

On the ball: John Terry is desperate for England success

England can seal qualification to next summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine with a draw in Montenegro on Friday.

He said: 'It is my dream to take the England side into a big and major tournament.

'With that in mind, as a personal goal, that is my target.

'Collectively, the team is the main priority and we must get there, whether that is with a draw or a win.

'We must do the right things. We've had good preparation and good away form. We are full of confidence, hence why we are top of the group.

'We must get ourselves over the line tomorrow and through to the finals.

'It brings back memories of the Turkey game a few years ago when we needed a draw in Istanbul to go through to Euro 2004.

'The manager has got us in the right frame of mind for the game.'

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Capello had sensed England would struggle before the last qualifier against Wales after studying the warm-up and Terry accepts what he felt made sense.

Terry said: 'The manager often watches the warm-ups and he makes his own assessment of them.

'Beforehand the players felt physically good. Sometimes you have to get a balance.

'Sometimes you might feel a little big leggy beforehand and you might hold back and make sure you are right for the start of the game.

'Other times you feel good and maybe do a bit of extra running. I totally understand what he is saying. He has been in the game a long time and seen that. We listen to him and take it on board.'

Away day: John Terry will lead the England side out in Montenegro wearing the new Umbro Anthem jacket before kick-off

Terry will not have his long-standing colleague Rio Ferdinand alongside him after being left out of the squad because of his fitness following an indifferent start to the campaign.

But he is backing the Manchester United star to bounce back and emulate Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard, who has responded positively to being axed by club and country this season.

Terry said: 'I am 100% sure that Rio can come back. He has not been fully fit but when he plays he is still one of the best defenders in the world without a doubt.

'He is also still playing for one of the best clubs in the world. It is very much similar to with Frank. When he wasn't selected, people wrote him off and it's the same with Rio.

'But you can never write two world class players off and Rio will be back in an England shirt. I'm sure of that.

'He is a world class player and the players believe in him.'

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Source: Daily_Mail