CHELSEA TWO IN ENGLAND ELEVEN

Posted on: Wed 11 Oct 2006


Captain John Terry and Frank Lampard will both start for England in the friendly international against Greece.

 

Lampard will continue in the centre of midfield for the team named a day before the game at Old Trafford. With Owen Hargreaves also selected, England manager Steve McClaren has announced that Steven Gerrard will move to the right of midfield. McClaren's former player at Middlesbrough, Stewart Downing will make his first start on the left.

 

With Wayne Bridge and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the squad, both are set for places on the subs' bench.

 

The full England team is:

Robinson; G Neville, Ferdinand, Terry (c), A Cole; Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, Downing; Crouch, Defoe.

 

Terry was presented formally with the captain's armband by the manager at the team announcement and then promised not to change his Chelsea winning formula on the international stage.

 

"Everyone's different and I am my own man," he said. "I will certainly be very much how I am at Chelsea, that is going out and leading. That is what I am all about.

 

"On the pitch, hopefully my leadership qualities will come out but around the place, organising things and getting things done for the lads are very important as well."

 

Terry will have Ashley Cole to the left of him in defence on Wednesday night. He was asked if he expected Cole to soon be a Chelsea player.

 

"I'm not too sure," he replied before reiterating the thoughts he first aired during Chelsea's US visit.

 

"I hope so. He is a fantastic player, a world class player. Bridgey has been fantastic pre-season as well so if we can get Ashley in and have two of the best left-backs in the world at Chelsea Football Club, it is only going to be encouraging for us."

 

by Paul Mason