Terry 'desperate' to be next England captain

July 27, 2006

Chelsea skipper John Terry declared on Thursday he would 'desperately love' to succeed David Beckham as England captain.

New England manager Steve McClaren is searching for a new leader for his side, having replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson with David Beckham standing down as captain.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has already thrown his hat into the ring while also pledging to support whoever landed the job on a full-time basis.

And the Stamford Bridge central defender, who has also had his hopes backed by a number of team-mates, is more than happy to take the armband.

Terry said: 'That is a decision for Steve McClaren to make.

'Like every player and like everybody in England who has grown up watching England in the past it would be a dream and I would desperately love to be made captain.

'But it is up to Steve McClaren to make that decision.'

Meanwhile manager Jose Mourinho insists it would not be a disaster if they failed to land another left-back.

The Premiership champions have been strongly linked with Arsenal and England full-back Ashley Cole but the Portuguese boss was non-committal regarding their supposed interest.

Wayne Bridge was their only senior left-back to be put through his paces in the sweltering heat of Los Angeles today but it appears his immediate future is at Stamford Bridge despite links with a loan move to Celtic.

Mourinho refused to answer questions on Cole and Bridge but he said: 'We will find a solution regarding the left-back position.

'We are looking at options but it is not a disaster if nothing comes of it. We are well enough covered for that position.'

Mourinho pushed his stars to the limit in the Los Angeles heat this morning.

The Blues, including new signings Andriy Shevchenko and Salomon Kalou, and World Cup stars Terry, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Bridge braved 100 degrees temperatures as preparation for the new campaign gathered pace.

It was a tough test for the players after flying round the world yesterday but it was a clear indication of Mourinho's plans.

German star Michael Ballack and Hernan Crespo, who has been quoted as wanting a move back to Italy, were absent because of their exertions in the World Cup finals.