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06 Jun 2009 11:35:12

Terry - No pressure on England

John Terry says all the hype surrounding Spain for next year's World Cup takes the pressure off England. Fabio Capello's men can take a step closer to the tournament in South Africa should they beat Kazakhstan in Almaty on Saturday. Victory over Andorra at Wembley on Wednesday would then see England maintain their 100 per cent record in Group 6, leaving them on the brink of qualification. Spain will no doubt remain among the favourites to follow up their Euro 2008 success with World Cup glory. Terry, though, feels England can benefit from staying out of the limelight and says he is glad the focus is on the European champions. Benefit "Build them (Spain) right up in the World Cup and put the pressure on them," said the England skipper. "They've got great players. Look at what they did in the Euros and in the Champions League. "We've said too many times that England have got a real chance, but we'll stay well away from that this summer." Capello's attempt to stamp his mark on English football has meant a number of tactical changes which the players have welcomed. "The manager has encouraged us, from day one, to play right from the back," said Terry. "This manager hates it when we play long ball. He screams at the lads, 'no long ball, no long ball'. "We've got the players to get the ball down and play. We're not on the level of Spain, but we're not too far behind." Double Terry admits he has high hopes for both England and Chelsea next year, with a World Cup and UEFA Champions league double firmly in his sights. "It could be the greatest year of my career," he said. "I'm dreaming about it. "Winning the Champions League is a massive thing for me. It has become an obsession. "That is my target next season before going to the World Cup."


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