Terry: 'Best we've played for a long time'
Friday, 02 September, 2011
Captain delighted with England performance in win over Bulgaria.
England captain John Terry hailed a magnificent performance from the Three Lions after they won 3-0 in Bulgaria - but insisted the job is not yet over.
England’s victory in Sofia puts them firmly in charge at the top of Group G with only two matches to go in the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers – a home game against Wales on Tuesday and an away trip to second-placed Montenegro in October.
The Finals in Poland and the Ukraine are now within touching distance but Terry wants his team-mates to stay focused and keep on improving.
He said: “We’ve got a good win. The lads are delighted and the manager is pleased. But it’s not over; we still have a job to do on Tuesday against Wales. We still have to beat them and it’s still all to play for.
“But we’ve come here and done a very good job tonight. I thought some of the football we played was the best for a long time and we’re very pleased with that. The points and the games are in our hands now.”
England’s performance included excellent displays from young players like goalscorer Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing who have only recently been selected.
But there were also excellent performances all over the pitch with Wayne Rooney scoring twice and Scott Parker excellent in midfield.
Terry added: “There’s a real buzz about the place at the moment with players fighting for places and youngsters coming in and pushing the players who are starting. There’s a really good atmosphere within the camp.”