Terry: England cannot use tiredness as an excuse
Published 22:26 09/10/11 By John Cross
John Terry last night claimed England should not use burn-out as an excuse for failure at major championships.
And if Terry had his way then England would go from the last Premier League game of the season straight into the Euro finals.
Fabio Capello’s end- of-season training camp ahead of the World Cup last summer was held up as a reason for England’s failings in South Africa.
But Terry believes the rigours of the Premier League campaign is the best preparation.
He said: “The problem is not about playing too much during the season.
“For me, as a player, if you’re playing two or three games a week you can get into a rhythm.
“Where we suffer is that you get to the end of the season and you have two or three weeks off, and then you try to get back into it. You lose that sharpness, that fitness, that touch.
“I’d like to finish the season and go to the Euros the next day. Everyone’s fresh and ready to go the following week.
“There are a lot of games and there’s pressure. That’s the world we live in. It’s a question of how we deal and cope with that.”
England, who qualified for the Finals with goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent in Friday’s 2-2 draw in Montenegro, are expected to stay in Poland next summer whether or not they are drawn there or in Ukraine.
Terry added: “Hopefully we’ve learnt from the past and we’ll get some input into the sort of place we stay in.”