TERRY: DESERVING DANIEL

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

John Terry believes Daniel Sturridge's international debut, should it come in England's match against Sweden at Wembley tomorrow (Tuesday) night, will come at a good time for his Chelsea team-mate.

England manager Fabio Capello has announced that the Chelsea striker will '100% be on the bench', and did not confirm he will feature at some point although the Italian continues to experiment in the build-up to the European Championships.

Sturridge has been in a rich vein of form so far this campaign, and has become a regular starter at Stamford Bridge. Terry, his captain for both club and country, insists that the young striker is primed to stake his claim for a regular place in the England side.

'Yes I feel he's ready, he's positive and playing well,' Terry said. 'From the pre-season he had at Chelsea, it was just unfortunate he had a suspension [dating back to the end of last season]. From speaking to Andre Villas-Boas, I know he would have been the first name on the team-sheet, he's playing well, scoring goals and he can play out wide as well as through the middle. If he does play tomorrow at some point, it will be fully deserved'.

Terry himself will return to captain the side for the visit of Sweden, having been rested for the 1-0 win against Spain on Saturday, and he is looking for the team to build on what was a great result against the world champions.

'I'm here, taking part in training and delighted to be leading the team out. I'm in a great state of mind and completely focused on playing well. It was a fantastic result against Spain, and it's important we keep this momentum going all the way until the European Championships'.

Terry's Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard captained the national side for the game against Spain, and capped a memorable day by scoring the only goal of the game with a close-range header. Having suffered a dip in form earlier in the season, Lampard's critics were quick to write him off, but Terry was eager to praise the experienced midfielder's overall attitude and ability to prove people wrong.

'People questioned him when he was left out for both club and country, but his attitude was to work hard and train hard. He's without doubt the best midfielder I've ever played with'.

Capello has admitted that he will make eight changes from the team that started the game against Spain, and once again there will be a heavy emphasis placed on securing the right blend of youth and experience.

The Italian said: 'All the young players that have come in from the Under 21s I have spoken about with Stuart [Pearce] and the other coaches, and they have told me how good they are. Personally, I have been monitoring all of them, and it is difficult to play with the type of confidence and personality they have been playing with at a young age'.