England skipper John Terry insists he and Rio Ferdinand are comfortable as team-mates as they prepare to play together for the first time in 13 months against Switzerland at Wembley on Saturday.

The duo will link up in the Euro 2012 qualifier for the first time since Terry was reinstated as skipper in place of the injured Ferdinand for the clash with Wales in March.

It was Ferdinand's fitness which effectively led to Terry regaining the armband from the Manchester United defender after being stripped of it himself a year earlier because of his off-the-field behaviour.

Terry said: "Things are not uncomfortable between us, not at all. Rio has got an awful lot to give in the dressing room anyway which he naturally will, like the (other) older players in the squad."

He added: "We made contact before anything happened between ourselves. It stays private between us but it is all okay and very much similar to when I lost the armband to Rio.

"I made contact with him and he was fine. It was just about doing the right thing for our country.

"We are in a privileged position to play for our country, we've both experienced being captain which is the greatest honour of all. We fully support each other."


 

Terry is hoping the pair of them can enjoy an extended spell in the side ahead of the Euro 2012 finals - assuming England qualify.

He said: "Since Rio has come back from his injury at Manchester United, he has looked awesome again.

"We haven't played as much as we would have liked together with England. But it is a chance now to maybe start together and build on from there.

"Hopefully in the next year it can put us in the right position in the group to qualify and have our partnership cemented."

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