TERRY BEGINS ENGLAND DUTIES

Posted on: Thu 12 Oct 2006

John Terry has spoken to the media for the first time as England captain.

 

Straight away after Friday's training with Chelsea at Cobham, Terry was whisked away to FA headquarters were he sat alongside new England coach and assistant, Steve McClaren and Terry Venables.

 

"We want to win things for our country," were JT's opening words.

 

"We have got the most passionate fans in the world and that is something I want to bring to the team.

 

"I've been given a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am going to make the most of that. I am going to do things my way. I have learnt from a lot of captains; David [Beckham] was a fantastic captain, and I've had great captains at club level that I've taken bits from and put into my game. With all that together I can hopefully make a great captain for England."

 

He was asked about the moment he learnt of his appointment.

 

"It was yesterday [Thursday] afternoon about one o'clock. I had just come in from training, got the phone call and was getting a massage. I just froze and I don't think I said anything for about five minutes!"

 

He was asked when the weight of his new responsibilities first dawned on him.

 

"Straight away," was the reply. "I've got responsibilities at Chelsea as captain and I realise that at England the responsibilities are even bigger. They come on and off the pitch and I am willing to take them on.

 

"The level of expectation is obviously a lot higher but I'm prepared for that. It's about all of us. We're all in it as a nation together."

 

The press conference provided another opportunity for McClaren to explain the appointment.

 

"The number one reason is he is a winner and I want England to start winning," said the coach.

 

"He leads by example, he has great standards, he expects to win, he expects other people to win and he expects it to be done right. He is well respected in the squad and he has a great hunger and desire to succeed.

 

"He plays the game with great passion; something I want to see in this England team."

 

by Paul Mason