England captain John Terry says England’s transformation is the result of a renewed confidence flowing through camp. In an interview featured in this month’s issue of FourFourTwo, out now, the Chelsea skipper identified a new self belief instilled by manager Fabio Capello. “We’re playing with confidence and great belief – and as any footballer will tell you, that can make a big difference,” he says. Terry also paid tribute to Capello’s meticulous attention to detail and courage to shake things up. “Mr Capello has come in and his tactics have been spot on, in terms of changing the personnel, if necessary, for each game," he says. “The overriding feeling is one of confidence; with that and the players we’ve got, we go onto the pitch always confident of a positive outcome." Having destroyed Slovakia 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday, England will be upbeat heading into Wednesday night’s crunch World Cup Qualifier with the Ukraine. The Three Lions are currently top of Group 6 after four wins from four. The Zhovto-Blakytni, captained by Chelsea misfit Andriy Shevchenko, are third with seven points having played a game less. Having failed to qualify for Euro 2008, much excitement has gathered around England’s faultless start to their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, but Terry is quick to temper these expectations with realism. “It’s a work in progress, but so far so good," he says. "After the disappointment of not qualifying for the European Championships, we have re-grouped as a squad and have gained confidence from the positive, early results. “With four wins from four games, we couldn’t ask for any more at this stage.” The new issue of FourFourTwo is out now, featuring: • Interviews with Kaka, Arshavin, Terry, Motty, Stam, Dave Mackay & the Chuckle Brothers • The Top 50 Football League Players • Football’s Top 20 Hoaxes • The Best Youth Team Ever • Inside The Damned United • Swansea vs Cardiff Plus a FREE 36-page England supplement ENGLAND FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: One on One Kevin Keegan, Sven-Göran Eriksson, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne, Ian Wright Web Exclusives Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, Glenn Hoddle, Wayne Rooney, Q&A Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Michael Mancienne, David Wheater Ask A Silly Question Sir Geoff Hurst, Alan Ball, Bryan Robson, Peter Crouch, John Barnes, Peter Reid, My Secret Vice Jimmy Bullard What Happened Next? Carlton Palmer Perfect XI Sir Bobby Charlton, Graham Taylor, Bryan Robson, Ian Wright
31 March 2009
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