Terry focussed on England

Returning England captain John Terry has stated that he is in a great state of mind ahead of his nation’s game against Sweden on Tuesday night, and has received excellent support despite the ongoing racism allegations against him.

The Chelsea defender has been accused by Anton Ferdinand of making racist comments in a recent Premier League clash with QPR, and is under investigation by the FA.

Despite this, and sitting out of England’s 1-0 win over Spain on Saturday, Terry has hailed the support system in the international set-up.

“It’s been very good, very supportive, publicly and personally, so I’m delighted about that,” he told reporters at a press conference.

“I think as we can see everyone was fully focused on the game ahead the other night and it was a great performance as well. I don’t want anything to be taken away from what the guys did the other night.

“I think individually and collectively they had a really good performance and obviously the right result, which we all wanted.

“Some real positives came from the game. Sitting there watching it, and how well the players played defensively and in attack, was incredible. I could see how well the players performed, being able to sit there and take in how well the players performed.

“I’m delighted to be leading the team out again. It’s the biggest honour of all. I think (Saturday) showed that we’re united, no matter what.

“I’m in a great state of mind, completely focused on playing well and training. So from that side of things, nothing has changed at all,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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