TERRY: NATIONAL PRIDE

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

With Euro 2012 qualification safely secured, John Terry can put his England captaincy to one side for the time being and concentrate on Chelsea's push for success this season.

A point away from home in Friday's international in Montenegro allowed our skipper to return to Cobham on Tuesday to begin preparations for the Everton game, but he isn't finished with England for 2011 quite yet, and he harbours hopes for some of his club team-mates in the coming months.

'We've got a couple of friendlies, Spain next month, and there is a lot of preparation so I expect the management to try new things, new formations, and new players as well because the younger players have made a massive impact,' Terry says.

'We've got a couple here, Studge [Daniel Sturridge] and Josh [McEachran] who can really push for places. We've seen the manager give chances to the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley as well, so it's refreshing for the youth of English football and the younger players coming through at the moment.'

With England having missed out on the European Championships, there is relief and some satisfaction that a place in the summer's football festival has been secured.

'It was a bit strange after the game on Friday knowing the draw was enough,' Terry says. 'We didn't really celebrate.

'Sometimes it's like that, we've done what we had to do and we've gone undefeated in the group as well which is a big achievement with some tough away games. We're there, that's all we could have done and we've put ourselves in a great position. For myself to be leading the country is a great honour and hopefully we keep everyone fit and go to the finals with a full squad.'