Terry keen to win over critics

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England captain John Terry says his side are determined to win over their critics after last year's dire World Cup campaign.

After high hopes before the tournament, England scored just three goals in four World Cup matches, and were dumped out of the finals are being thrashed by Germany in the second round.

But with the nation seemingly falling out of love with the national team, Terry is keen to forgive and forget.

"It's important to prove to them (the fans) that we're in a different place now and get them back on side," he said.

"We know there are critics and initially it will take time to win them over again- especially the fans who travelled to the World Cup, and spent an awful lot of money.

"The players appreciate what they did, but we have to move on. We can't dwell on the past.


"Game by game, we're hoping we can get the fans back on side."

England face Wales at the Millennium Stadium this weekend, in their crunch Euro 2012 qualifier, with England second in their group behind Montenegro.

Terry believes that England have plenty to fear when they head to Cardiff, despite Wales having lost all three of their qualifying games to date.

"They've got good players and dangerous individuals. They've not had the nest start to the group and conceded a lot of goals - and not scored too many either - but with players like Craig Bellamy, Gareth Bale and James Collins they have a good spine.

"But with it being so passionate for both sides, we have to make sure we got there and are professional.

"I think it could prove to be very tough. Their fans will certainly be up for it.

"We just need to make sure we don't get caught up in everything else that happens off the pitch, and concentrate on dong our job."

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