John Terry: No-one’s England Place Is Safe
The England captain has warned his peers that none of them are guaranteed a starting spot.
Fabio Capello’s England regulars during their World Cupqualifying run are not guaranteed a plane ticket to the finals in 2010, according to John Terry – who believes the Italian taskmaster is leaving the squad guessing as to who will make the final cut of 23.
“Even the players that are playing regularly and are in the squad regularly, we feel under threat for our places,” the Chelsea and England captain said .
“If we’re not performing at club level or at this level, the manager is strong enough to drop us or not select us. That goes for everyone in the squad.
“Everyone out there who is not in the squad should have a real desire and hunger in their stomachs to get themselves on the plane.”
England still have one game left in their competitive calendar prior to next summer’s finals, a home qualifying tie against Belarus, but the nation’s top scorer – Wayne Rooney, with nine goals – will be absent.
Regarding the loss of Rooney to injury, Terry said: “We’ve seen what a big player he is for the side and he’s been the heartbeat of our campaign so far, he’s been in great form. His drive and desire to win is absolutely massive, so he’s going to be sorely missed.
“But it’s a chance for other players to come in and cement their place on the plane to the World Cup. It gives the manager food for thought for the future and a good problem.”