Terry: We'll be playing for England against Napoli
Published 15:12 18/02/12 By MirrorFootball
John Terry believes Chelsea will be fighting for the reputation of English football as well as their Champions League future when they face Napoli on Tuesday night.
The Blues travel to Italy for the first leg of their last 16 tie looking to keep alive their hopes of winning one of the two trophies realistically available to them this season.
But they will also be flying the flag for a Barclays Premier League that has been humbled in Europe this season, with Arsenal the latest English club to endure embarrassment when they were thrashed 4-0 by AC Milan on Wednesday night.
But even Arsenal fared better than Manchester United and Manchester City, who both crashed out of the Champions League before Christmas.
That has left Chelsea as England's only realistic challengers for a place in the quarter-finals, something of which captain Terry is acutely aware.
He told Chelsea's official matchday programme: "With Arsenal in a position that is looking hard to turn around, we could end up being the only English team left in the Champions League and it is really important to make a good start to the tie."
Terry is keeping his fingers crossed he will return to lead Chelsea out on Tuesday, having missed the last three weeks with a knee problem.
"I've been struggling with my knee recently but, hopefully, I will be back in some capacity," he added.