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Terry ready to clear the air after England flop

SoccerNews in English Premier League, World Cup 21 Aug 2008


John Terry admits England need clear the air talks to avoid any repeat of their friendly flop against the Czech Republic in next month's World Cup qualifiers.

Terry was disappointed with the way Fabio Capello's side struggled to impose themselves during Wednesday's lacklustre 2-2 draw at Wembley.

The England captain expects Capello to call a meeting to discuss the performance at length when they get together for the Andorra and Croatia matches in September.

“It is not just this game where there have been problems. There have been other games and there will be problems in the future that will occur,” Terry said.

“We need to sit down and address it – and address it very quickly – otherwise it stays around the squad. The manager will thrash things out and we will get things off our chest.

“That will be very private. The manager makes the big decisions. We can give our opinion but he is the one who makes those big final decisions.

“On the next trip we've got 10 days away and, if we can address it before those two games and thrash things out before the World Cup campaign starts, we will be okay.”

Capello's team must get a positive result in Croatia and Terry remains confident they can avenge the two defeats against Slaven Bilic's side that eliminated England from Euro 2008.

“We are still encouraged by what we can do in Zagreb,” he said. “Against the Czechs, we wanted to do better than we did but at the same time there will be points to be played for with Andorra and Croatia.

“Hopefully we can get off to a good start and win against Andorra – and take the confidence to Croatia. We have to go there and stand up and be counted for.”

Wayne Rooney cut a subdued figure for England once again but the Manchester United striker defended his performance and backed the team to get it right in Croatia.

“I had a lot of touches (in the) first half. Maybe I could have done more with the distribution of the ball and had a few more chances,” Rooney said.

“But I am happy. It is another game for me. I missed a few games pre-season so it will help with my fitness as well

“We are still building and looking to get better for the qualifiers. We have got a game before the Croatian one against Andorra and it is important we build on our previous games and get the points there.

“There is more to come but we are always confident we can beat any team if we play at our best and we feel we can get it right in those games ahead.”


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