No fear for Terry
By Alex Shaw
Thursday, 06 October, 2011
Captain backs young players to perform if called upon.
England captain John Terry believes uncapped duo Phil Jones and Kyle Walker will be able to handle the pressure if they get Fabio Capello's call to play against Montenegro on Friday.
Manchester United defender Jones and Tottenham's Walker are both vying for the right-back spot in Capello's side.
England just need a point to qualifying for Euro 2012 next summer and captain Terry believes both Jones and Walker are capable of performing at the highest level.
"They will express themselves on the football field and they will be full of confidence," said Terry.
"They are very assured and I am sure they will put in a very good performance. We all realise the importance of the game - that's all that matters to us. Friday's game is the most important thing and we appreciate how difficult it is going to be.
"The younger players come in with no fear. There is a real freshness in the squad and mixed with the experienced players, it is working really well."
With qualification so tantalisingly close, Terry has spoken of his pride at wearing the armband as England gear up for one last push to reach next summer's finals.
"Obviously it is my dream to take the England side to a major tournament," added Terry. "That is my goal on a personal level but the team is the priority. We must do the right thing.
"We have prepared well and full of confidence. We are playing well and that's why we are top. So now we've got to get the job done together.
"We are top and playing well - the manager has got us in the right frame of mind. I think we have made progress. We have come together collectively and we are very pleased with how things have gone.
"But we need to get over the line now and make sure we get to the Euros."