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Terry dismisses disharmony talk

June 20, 2010
By Soccernet staff

John Terry has denied reports the England players are unhappy with coach Fabio Capello but revealed a meeting will be held to air grievances on Sunday night.

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Widespread reports on Sunday morning claimed there were divisions in the squad, with a number of players apparently unhappy with Capello's selections and man-management style, but Terry insists there is no truth in the suggestions.

"We shouldn't be looking at excuses or criticising the manager," he told a press conference. "I've seen a few reports myself this morning but I'm coming here on behalf of the players and there's no disharmony in the camp at all.

"I'm not going to sit here and question the manager. All I can say is that I'm here on behalf of the team and the players and we're all behind the manager. We're here, we're supporting him, we're fully behind him and we know we've got his support as well."

However, Terry suggested there may be issues that the players want to get across to the coach as they review the Algeria game.

"We have gone to Fabio Capello and discussed possible tactical changes in the past and we will do again if we feel it needs to be done.

"We've got a meeting tonight, probably to watch the Algeria game to see where we went wrong, which is probably the whole 90 minutes.

"As a group of players, we owe it to ourselves and to everyone back home, if we feel there is a problem, to say so. There is no point in keeping it in.

"Whether we have an argument with the manager or it upsets him, us expressing our opinions, everyone needs to get off their chests exactly how they feel. As a group of experienced players, we owe to ourselves, our country and the manager to be honest.

"If we feel in that meeting tonight things need to change, everyone needs to voice their opinion. If it upsets him or any other player, so what?"

Terry clearly remains a major influence on the squad even though Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are the official captain and vice-captain.

"I'm not distancing myself away from responsibilities," he said. "I am here as captain as Chelsea and I'm a big personality in the dressing room.

"Responsibility falls on me, Stevie, Lamps, all the experienced players in the side, to get things going again and that is what we are trying to do."

Referring to France's decision to send Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka home, Terry said: "I see Nico was sent home for voicing his opinion and maybe there'll be a few of us sent home this evening!"

There were suggestions that Joe Cole's failure to play in England's first two games had upset some of the players, and Terry feels he should be given a chance against Slovenia.

"We've seen with Chelsea, he was a great boost for us [in the title race] coming back from his injury," he said. "Joe is one of those players, whether he starts or is on the training field, who gives everything, and always makes himself available.

"I personally think him and Wayne [Rooney] are the only two in the side that can really open up things and the key to breaking down defences."

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington earlier told Five Live he had seen no evidence of disruption in the squad.

"There is certainly not any disharmony from what I have seen," he said. "The mood in the England camp is a group of players and coaches who are very, very focused on the match against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth and trying to get the win we need that will take us through.

"Anyone who works on media or football knows that when the results or performances are not quite what they want them to be - and when the whole focus of attention is on you - people look for certain angles and we have seen this many times over the years.

"When results aren't going particularly well then you hear different stories of disharmony or disharmony in the camp. I have been around England for the best part of 13 or 14 years now and what I have seen is that we have a very experienced manager here who has been applauded from the minute he got the job.

"We appreciate that on Friday evening the level of experience wasn't anywhere near what we would have liked. Fabio was open about that but the most important thing is that we all stay together as one."