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Terry guards against complacency
Published : 07 Jun 2009 06:42:00
England skipper John Terry insisted England "are not there yet" despite overcoming Kazakhstan to take another step towards the 2010 World Cup. Fabio Capello's side made it six wins out of six qualifying matches with a 4-0 win in Almaty thanks to goals from Gareth Barry, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney and a Frank Lampard penalty. Now victory over Andorra at Wembley on Wednesday will virtually ensure England are competing in next summer's finals in South Africa. "It was a good way to continue our impressive start to the campaign, and six wins out of six is fantastic. But we're not there yet, we're in a good position, but taking nothing for granted." said Terry. "We've got Andorra at home, and they can sit back and make it difficult. But if we can get the seventh win out of seven, it will be fantastic." The Chelsea defender added: "It was a difficult game. We knew that was going to be the case. For the first 40 to 50 minutes, I thought they worked really well, but after that they seemed to tire. "We came into our own and kept the ball a lot better in the second half. It was a great performance in the end. Terry knows from past experiences that England cannot afford to take anything for granted, even though it will be a major surprise now if they do not qualify for the World Cup finals. He said: "I think the expectation is still there. I wouldn't say a big weight has been lifted because that pressure at international level is always there. "It's the same even in games like this. Everyone expects us to turn them over easily. Sometimes that is not the case. "We went to Andorra last year and found it difficult, and teams are getting a lot wiser, knowing how to play against the bigger teams, and making it difficult for us. But we are playing really well - and are on the way to where we want to be."