John Terry Admits It’s Hard To Forget England’s Previous Croatian Disappointment

Terry Bad Wembley memories still lurk for the Three Lions.

England and Chelsea skipper John Terry has revealed that, whilst manager Fabio Capello is urging his players to put all thoughts of the last time England played Croatia at Wembley to the back of their minds, he and his team-mates are still finding it hard to forget that rain-washed night in 2007, and drawing upon it as a source of motivation.

England face the Croats again at Wembley tomorrow night, when victory will see them claim a place at next summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa, and Terry is still keen to make recompense for what he sees as the failures of the previous management regime.

“I think it’s still in the back of each player’s mind who was involved in the campaign and that night. But like the manager said it’s new era under him and a new start for everyone since the manager’s come in,” he told reporters at a press conference today.

“We’ve started well and it’s important that the manager draws our attention away from that. But it’s hard for the players individually and collectively to really rule that out from the back of our minds.”

“The manager calls the shots and if he wants us not to talk about that, then obviously we won’t. But at the same time, the players have spoken about it and it’s a chance to correct things from the bad campaign we had last time and really correct things at Wembley.

“We’ve gone there [to Zagreb] and put in a very good performance and got a great win over there. It’d just be nice for our fans and for ourselves to finish the job at Wembley where we threw it away before.”

As for whether this was the biggest game of his England career, the Chelsea man felt that it was right up there with some of the biggest he has faced.

“I think so, yeah,” he added. “It’d be ideal to finish the group early, possibly for the future and for the games we have left. It’d give the manager the chance to try a few things, try new players and try formations or whatever he may want to do.

“But if we can finish the job tomorrow there’ll be the ideal situation.”


~ by footballdirecta on September 8, 2009.

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