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Terry focused on Slovakia

27 Mar 2009 - 13:46:23

Captain John Terry insists he is totally focused on England despite off-field problems in the build-up to Saturday's friendly with Slovakia.

Members of the Chelsea defender's family made headline news in Friday's newspapers following shoplifting allegations.

But ahead of the Sloavkia game in which Terry will win his 50th international cap, the England skipper claims he is fully focused.

"I've got experience of seeing many headlines and, as a player, you get on with it and fully concentrate on football, like I did in training this morning," he said.

Meanwhile, Terry claims the England players have learned from their friendly defeat to Spain last time out.

Fabio Capello's side take on Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier next Wednesday and Terry believes the players who featured in last month's 2-0 defeat to the reigning European champions will have benefited from the experience.

"Spain are one of the best teams in the world at the moment. They played some great football and at times it was difficult to get close and press them," he continued.

"But you learn, and we've learned from that. Maybe in that Spain game, in previous years we might have reacted differently and tried to kick lumps out of them.

"Watching the video again has opened up our eyes again - and discipline is very key."


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