Terry delighted with winning beginning

August 16, 2006

New England skipper John Terry claimed his childhood dream came true at Old Trafford tonight.

John Terry
Empics / NealSimpsonTerry: Delighted with display

In his first game since succeeding David Beckham as skipper, Terry scored the opening goal that paved the way for a landslide 4-0 win over European champions Greece.

It was a remarkable way for the new era under coach Steve McClaren to begin and the Chelsea skipper admitted the evening could hardly have gone any better.

'This was a dream come true for me, especially scoring the goal,' said Terry.

'I have said it 100 times already, I could not feel any more proud than I do now.

'Leading the team out for the first time and singing the national anthem, the whole night really could not have gone any better.'

Terry made a point of kissing the captain's armband as he reeled away to celebrate his headed 15th-minute effort, the start of a mesmeric opening period which offered a stark contrast to England's woeful World Cup efforts under Sven-Goran Eriksson.

However, the defender will be acutely aware that Greece were a shadow of the side which conquered Europe just two years ago and, while first qualifying opponents Andorra will hardly offer a stiffer test at the Theatre of Dreams next month, with Croatia, Russia and Israel to face, Terry is cautioning against reading too much into the result.

'It was a great result and a great performance,' said Terry.

'But we have to make sure we carry it on in the same vein.'