Chelsea and England captain John Terry says he was right to miss the recent World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus due to a back injury.
Terry recovered in time to lead his side to a thumping 5-0 victory at Middlesbrough at the weekend, leading to criticism in some quarters over his commitment to the England cause.
However, Terry commented: "Honestly, I was so gutted watching the England game on Wednesday. Especially being captain, it really hurt me.
"I wanted to stay with the squad, but knew by Monday I wasn't right. When I was watching, my back was still hurting, so I knew it was the right decision.
"It was hard to sit it out, but this was a nice way to come back. We know it is never easy to come to a place like Middlesbrough and over the years they have made it very difficult for us.
"It was one of the best displays I have ever seen us put in, though.
"The manager is eager, he wants us to play from the back. One thing he has stressed right from the start is that we must work hard for each other.
"There are going to be games when we don't play well, but if we are fighting, working and moving for each other, we have all the chance in the world."