Terry denies player unrest
John Terry has rubbished reports of disharmony in the England camp and insisted all the players are fully behind Fabio Capello.
Last Updated: 20/06/10 7:11pm
John Terry has rubbished reports of disharmony in the England camp and insisted all the players are fully behind manager Fabio Capello, although there will be a squad meeting on Sunday night to clear the air.
Stories have surfaced suggesting that some members of the squad are unhappy with Capello's strict regime as well as his tactics in the opening two games of the World Cup.
Having failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with USA in their first match, the Three Lions then received more criticism following a goalless stalemate against Algeria.
England must now beat Slovenia on Wednesday to make sure of a place in the last 16 and Terry insists the players are focused on getting the result they need.
"I have seen a few reports myself this morning, but coming here on behalf of the players I can say there is no unrest in the camp at all," the defender said on Sky Sports News.
"We are obviously still disappointed from the game the other night but we come again on the training field and we have to pick ourselves up and realise we going to the final game needing a win."
Terry, stripped of the captaincy earlier this year following allegations about his private life, maintains that nobody in the squad has a problem with Capello's man-management skills.
"I am not going to sit here and question the manager. I am here on behalf of the players and we are all fully behind the manager," he explained.
"Since the manager has come in he has had his ways and his philosophies and his ideas, and that has worked in the campaign, so nothing should change from there.
"We shouldn't be looking at excuses or criticising the manager. He takes a lot of responsibility being England manager.
"All we can do as a group of players is stay unified and stay together and make sure we get the win."
The players will get the opportunity to spell out their views to Capello at a meeting and Terry expects some frank exchanges.
Asked about his disgraced Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka being sent home by France, Terry joked: "I see Nico was sent home for voicing his opinion and maybe a few of us will be sent home after this evening.
The centre-back added: "If we feel something has to change, we owe it to the country and the manager to say it in that meeting tonight. If it upsets him or any other player, so what."
Some of the reports regarding player unrest claimed that a number of players were confused by Joe Cole's omission from the first two matches, with Capello not even bringing the Chelsea midfielder on as a substitute.
There have been calls for Cole to start against Slovenia and Terry believes his club-mate would perform well if selected, describing him as one of the most creative players in the squad.
"He was a great boost for Chelsea coming back from injury," said Terry
"I personally think that he and Wayne are the only two players in the side that can really open up things and the key to breaking down defences.
"If he is called upon, Joe will do a great job."