Terry: I'm still a leader
09 Jun 2010 - 09:47:14
John Terry still considers himself a leader in the England World Cup dressing room despite being stripped of the international captaincy.
Chelsea skipper Terry claims his axing by Fabio Capello as international captain back in February following lurid allegations about his private life has not curbed his natural leadership characteristics.
He was replaced by Rio Ferdinand and then Steven Gerrard but still expects to be one of the most vocal players in the dressing room and on the pitch in South Africa.
"Nothing will ever change at Chelsea or England, whatever happens," Terry told The Sun.
"I always give my opinion in the dressing room and on the field and make my presence felt, whether I'm wearing the armband or not."
Speaking about his effective demotion earlier in the year, he added: "I haven't found it difficult not being captain.
"When I met the manager I stressed to him I accepted his decision but that one thing he gets from me is completely the same character, the same person and I'm not going to allow my head to go down and beat myself up about it.
"I am here to win the World Cup like every other player and the manager and I will do everything possible for the team."