VIDEO: Terry: 'We're ready for Swiss'
Friday, 03 June, 2011
Captain says 'pre-season' has left players fully prepared for Saturday's qualifier.
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England captain John Terry believes the perfect amount of time off and personal training has prepared the players to face Switzerland.
After a gruelling club season, England Manager Fabio Capello allowed his players some time off and Terry is feeling the benefit.
"The Manager has given us the right amount of time off and we have looked after ourselves," he said. "Even on holiday we were training once or twice a day making sure we are sharp for Saturday's game against Switzerland.
"It's been a bit like a pre-season. It's been a good, relaxed atmosphere, which is ideal with the young players in the squad that have come in and are now fighting for places.
"The training has been very intense and at the same time, very enjoyable. The players are playing with a smile on their faces at the moment too.
"The communication between the players and Manager has been fantastic and that can only be a good thing."
Terry is also looking forward to playing alongside Darren Bent after struggling to contain the striker when they have met at club level.
"Darren is a great player as his goalscoring record shows and his movement is fantastic. When I play against him he always stretches the defence and his record speaks for itself."
Fans will pack out Wembley to see the crucial qualifier and Terry knows how much of an impact the England fans can have on such a game.
"I think the fans have seen encouraging signs [since the World Cup]. They have seen different personnel, which they wanted, and we have seen the younger players come in and really make an impact, which is great for everyone.
“We have competition for places all over the park and hopefully the fans have been delighted with the way we have been playing.
“Getting the results hopefully helps too, so if we can keep performing as well as we have done then I think we’ll be okay.
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