Terry urges England caution
14 Sep 2007 - 07:28:56
England captain John Terry has urged his international team-mates not to be carried away by the Euro 2008 qualifying results against Israel and Russia.
Steve McClaren's side put their qualification bid for next summer's European Championship in Austria & Switzerland back on track with successive 3-0 victories at Wembley during the past seven days.
But Terry believes there is plenty of hard work still to come as England look to finish inside the top two in a competitive Group E and earn automatic qualification for the finals.
"We must not get carried away. That is a key thing for me," said the Chelsea and England skipper.
"We've had two good performances, one against Israel, who we were expected to beat, and against a tougher Russian side.
"But we rose to the challenge. We will enjoy it for a couple of days, but there is a lot of points to play for and we have to maintain this level.
"We were pleased to keep another clean sheet and Michael Owen scored two great goals, so we can take a lot of positives from the result.
"We have put ourselves into a very good position but we have got to keep going."
Meanwhile, Terry has welcomed the fresh competition for places in the squad following the impressive displays of fringe players Emile Heskey, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gareth Barry in the recent international double-header.
"The players who have come in have done well and that's great to see," he added.
"The ones who aren't in the squad have to keep working hard and have that determination to force their way into the squad and the team.
"We will have key players coming back for the next match and that is a decision for the manager to make.
"There are also a lot of Premier League matches to be played, so injuries could be a factor.
"If everyone stays fit though, it will be a difficult decision for the manager."