John Terry: England’s Friendly With Brazil Will Be A ‘Great Test’
Fabio Capello’s men confirmed their qualification for next summer’s World Cup earlier this month with victory over Croatia at Wembley. Brazil will join England in the tournament but before then the two sides will meet in a friendly in Doha on November 14.
Speaking to the News of the World about the game, Terry admitted it would be important to play Brazil and it would prove exactly how good England currently are.
“It will be a great test,” said the Chelsea captain. “We’ve had them at Wembley and gave them a good run for their money in a 1-1 draw.
“It’s important to test yourself against the best. We’ve done that against France, Spain and Holland in friendlies so far, so it will be good to see how far we have come.
“You always know Brazil will be among the favourites at the World Cup. I think Brazil will always be there or there abouts.
“They have that arrogance and confidence about them. But we are playing well too and we’ll give them a good game.”
Terry also paid tribute to the determination England had shown in qualifying but warned they still have much to learn if they are to succeed in South Africa.
“After that game you could see what it meant to us players, especially after the experience of not qualifying for Euro 2008,” he added.
“The determination we’ve shown this campaign to get the belief back has been fantastic. It’s a good achievement. We know there is still a lot of improvement to do but the important thing is we arrive in South Africa in the right form, in the right frame of mind and doing the right things on the pitch.”