Terry urges England to finish job
Published : 07 Oct 2011 10:05:35
John Terry wants to bury the memory of being sidelined for the climax of England's last European Championship campaign by leading the team into the 2012 finals.
England need only to avoid defeat in Montenegro to book their place in Poland and Ukraine next summer. Terry was ruled out of the disappointing finale of the 2008 qualifying campaign with a knee injury as England lost 3-2 at home to Croatia and failed to go through, and he still regrets missing out.
Terry said: "It was devastating to be sitting there and to miss the Croatia game. I could have opted for injections. I'd just come back from a knee operation and had literally trained for two or three days. Still, to this day, I wonder, should I have said 'Sod it' and played?
The Chelsea defender added: "Thankfully I'm here now and, like all of us, we're all fit and in good condition, playing well for our clubs, and we want to finish the job."
Terry believes England are at their best when they have to produce away from home, as was evident when a goalless draw with Turkey in a hostile Istanbul atmosphere saw them qualify for Euro 2004.
Terry said: "It all went off that night. It was probably one of the most hostile places I've played in.
"It was a big occasion for myself at the time. But, when the chips are against us a bit and we needed to dig deep, we did. We tend to do that at times."
Terry added: "Montenegro have proved themselves to be a good side, so it's going to be a tough test for us. We all realise that anyway with the way they've performed and got bodies behind the ball at Wembley.
"We're expecting a tough game, obviously knowing a draw's enough, but we have to go out with the mentality to win the game.
"We're playing well at the moment and if we can maintain that form, especially away from home where we've been especially good, we'll be okay."