The Three Lions’ had a disastrous World Cup in South Africa in 2010, and have a habit of choking come major championships, but the Chelsea defender will not accept excuses if the same happens next year.
“The problem is not about playing too much during the season,” he told Mirror Football.
“For me, as a player, if you’re playing two or three games a week you can get into a rhythm.
“Where we suffer is that you get to the end of the season and you have two or three weeks off, and then you try to get back into it. You lose that sharpness, that fitness, that touch.
“I’d like to finish the season and go to the Euros the next day. Everyone’s fresh and ready to go the following week. There are a lot of games and there’s pressure. That’s the world we live in. It’s a question of how we deal and cope with that,” he concluded.
Fabio Capello’s side booked their place at the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Montenegro on Friday night, joining the likes of Netherlands and Germany in unbeaten qualifying campaigns.
By Gareth McKnight