John Terry believes this week's Champions League eliminations of Manchester United and Arsenal have a silver lining for England's World Cup hopes.
The Gunners were soundly beaten by Barcelona and United exited on away goals to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Terry's Chelsea were beaten at the last-16 stage by Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.
"We can take a very strong positive out of the fact no English clubs have made it through this season," Terry told The Sun.
With the European showpiece scheduled for Madrid on May 22, Terry says the extra preparation time gained by Premier League clubs' failure to progress will aid Fabio Capello's squad.
"It's disappointing there won't be an English club in the final because it's the biggest game you can play in for your club.
"But England meet up in Austria on May 17 and the Champions League final is five days later.
"Had one of our teams got to the final the squad would have had some very notable absentees for what is a big phase of our preparation.
"Now we will all be together and can get some good solid grounding in as a whole. I'm sure from that perspective Mr Capello is happy."
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