EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS: John Terry talks England, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and more
John Terry was a very special guest to the Sky Sports studio on Monday night to assess the European Qualifiers, including England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland. Here’s a snapshot of what the Chelsea skipper had to say on the result, the players and the new England captain.
Terry on… England’s win over Switzerland
I thought they did very well. The manager and the team will be delighted, first and foremost with the result, but the performance as well. There was patience, there was pace up front and Sterling, Welbeck and Wazza [Wayne Rooney] stretched the opponents and they definitely benefitted. Halfway through the game, the ball boys were getting the balls back quickly and Switzerland certainly fancied their chances. As the game went on they opened up and the spaces came. It was important that the team was patient and they got it spot on.
Terry on… England’s hopes of winning the group
The win away from home was a great result first and foremost. We’ve got five or six games at Wembley and away that we should go and win. I’m not saying we will, but we should go and win and it puts us in a good position before we play Switzerland again – because certainly they are the second strongest team in our group.
Terry on… Wayne Rooney
John Terry insists that Wayne Rooney is the right man to lead England.
For me he is still one of the best players in the world and the right choice for the captain. He’s a leader in the dressing room, on the training field and he sets the example on a daily basis. Believe me, I’ve been on the end of a few of the shouts from him. When you’re not performing well in training he’s the first one to let you know that it’s important you win. That’s the mentality and it’s important you get back to that. Now he’s captain he’s under more scrutiny and under the eye. It’s important Wayne remains calm. He has grown up an awful lot over the last few years and for me he is 100% the right man for the job.
Terry on… Fabian Delph
I’ve been very impressed with him at Aston Villa. I’ve played against him and he scored against Chelsea last year. He gets around the pitch really well and really puts pressure on, so any bad pass or mistake he is on you. Once he does that he drives the team up and allows the team to get forward. I think that’s why he was put in tonight. When Chelsea go to Aston Villa, the aim is to press them and put them under pressure and one thing that stood out with Delph was that he always wanted the ball. He gave a couple of balls away, but he always wanted it. He always stood up and said ‘give me the ball’. That really impressed me from a young lad.
Terry on… Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck scored both goals in England’s 2-0 victory over Switzerland.
I’ve played against him and it’s very difficult. He can play up top and he can play wide, but for me he is better up top. He gives the option out wide as well, but you saw the desire [against Switzerland] to get in and make those runs. For the first goal, he ran 60 or 70 yards to get on the end of something. He did well to finish it – it came off the shin, but we’ll take that. I thought he deserved it.
Terry on… Raheem Sterling
He was brilliant all night and he had a couple of chances. He was the difference, for me, and every time he got the ball he wanted to do something. He was exciting and he was making things happen. He’s not got many caps under his belt, but as a young man he took responsibility. He’s strong as well for such a young boy. He’s very slight, but really strong. When you go to places you need that outlet, as a centre-half you need to be able to get up the field and when he gets the ball he gives you an opportunity to squeeze up and then when you receive the ball it’s in their half.