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Terry: Fatigue not to blame

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John Terry has contradicted Fabio Capello by insisting tiredness played no part in England's disappointing European Championship qualifying draw against Switzerland.

Manager Capello blamed Saturday's sloppy performance on fatigue, with many of his side having played more than 50 games this season.

But captain Terry, who completed a half-century of matches for club and country this term, completely rejected that theory, saying: "We're certainly not going to come out here and use an excuse like that. We've had 50, 60 games this year so another game's not going to make any difference at all."

Chelsea skipper Terry cited a first-half malaise as the key factor behind Saturday's result, with England falling 2-0 down to a pair of soft Tranquillo Barnetta free-kicks.

"They weren't particularly good free-kicks at all, either of them," said the defender.

"We should deal with stuff like that.

"The first one, there's enough of us in the box to clear it, and it's gone straight in. So disappointed with that one.

"I haven't seen the second one. But it's not about digging out individuals.

"We work on that as a team and collectively we take that responsibility.

"We're out there together, we win together and we lose together. We were after a result, which we clearly didn't get, so we're going away very disappointed."

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