TERRY: ENGLAND READY

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

John Terry believes England's players are in prime condition for Saturday's qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.

The Chelsea and England captain insists Fabio Capello's players will not be feeling the effects of two weeks without football at the end of a tiring season.

'Knowing once the season finished we would have a week away, a lot of the players went away and got some sun on their back, others were training once, twice a day making sure we still feel fit and sharp,' said the 30-year-old, 'and after this game we can completely relax and come again for pre-season, but as far as fitness is concerned we're in the right condition.'

The defender also considers the atmosphere in the camp to be as good as he can remember, and believes the World Cup hangover that dogged the national side in late 2010 is firmly in the past.

'We certainly feel that,' he said. 'Naturally after the World Cup it took a couple of months to win our fans back but I think they've seen some really encouraging signs of football, different personnel which they wanted and maybe the squad needed, and we're seeing younger players come in and really make an impact, which is great for everyone.

'There's competition for places and hopefully the fans have been delighted with the way we've been playing. If we can keep winning and performing as well as we have done then we'll be okay.

'It's been a really relaxed atmosphere the last three or four months which is good, we've a lot of young players fighting for places. The training has been very intense but very enjoyable, and players are playing with a smile on their face.'

On a Chelsea theme, Terry also spoke of the manager situation, as the club seeks to replace Carlo Ancelotti who left his post on May 22.

'There is a lot of speculation out there at the moment, I was obviously very sad to see Carlo go, we had two great years with him and I speak for a lot of the players there,' he said. 'As a group of players we'll just wait until the club make their decision, come back for pre-season again and work very hard under whoever the manager is. There is a lot of managers being linked at the moment but we'll just take whoever comes.'