Terry: Germany game serious

19 November 2008 07:15
England captain John Terry has insisted that the friendly international against Germany in Berlin will be a deadly serious affair. Fabio Capello's side will be weakened by the absence of several regulars, including Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, but Terry has no doubts that the game will be keenly contested. He said: "These games are still massively important, especially coming here to play the Germans who beat us 15 months ago at Wembley. "That setback is still in the back of my mind, losing in front of our own fans to Germany given the history between the two sides over many years. "We also know how massive the game will be for the 7,000 fans who are travelling here, plus the many more back home who will be watching the game. "I can assure you the game certainly means a lot to us as players. I know there are a couple of injuries and a few people have pulled out, but the squad is coming here to win and the manager has stressed that from day one. "It is disappointing when people start questioning the commitment of the players. Playing for your country is the ultimate and Frank Lampard was willing to play with an injection. "You want to go away and give everything for your country, but what this game does do now is maybe throw up a few opportunities for some young players." Of his own foot injury, which has proved not to be too serious, Terry added: "I picked up a knock in the 86th minute (at West Brom) and, to be honest, I initially thought I had broken a bone in my foot again. "But I had the scan and I am 100 per cent fine. I've trained with the team and there is no problem at all."

Source: ESA