LONDON - England coach Fabio Capello singled out captain John Terry for inspiring the 2-1 victory over Ukraine which maintained his team's perfect World Cup qualifying record on Wednesday. Terry's header set up the opening goal for Peter Crouch and the central defender slammed in an 85th-minute winner after substitute Andriy Shevchenko had equalised for the visitors. "I am very happy for John Terry, this was a very tough game," Capello told reporters, adding that he was also impressed with the way Terry has dealt with tabloid newspaper stories this week about his family. "It is one of the reasons why he is captain, he is a very important player and a very strong character." Capello said he had been extremely concerned during the match. "That was the most anxious I have been as England manager and we suffered a little in the second half," he said. "But we played like a group, like a team and you cannot be in a better position than we are with five victories and 15 points." Ukraine coach Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko said he was disappointed with the result and admitted his team were in a fight with Croatia for second place. "Of course, England have a great chance to go through but its too early to say anything definite because only half the games have been played," he said. "Despite all our efforts tonight we couldn't get a result. In my opinion England did not play all that well but we made too many mistakes ourselves."
2 April 2009
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