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Terry focused on England return

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Terry fit and ready for action. (©GettyImages)
Terry fit and ready for action. (©GettyImages).

John Terry insists he is in a 'great state of mind' as he prepares to captain England for the first time since facing allegations of racism.

The Chelsea defender was left out of the Three Lions team which played against Spain at Wembley on Saturday, but Fabio Capello is ready to reinstate the 30-year-old for tonight's friendly against Sweden.

The England skipper was asked by the Football Association not to answer questions regarding the ongoing police investigation, but Terry did reveal in yesterday's press conference his gratitude for the unwavering support from his international teammates.

"It's been very good, very supportive, publicly and personally, so I'm delighted about that," he confirmed. "I think as we can see everyone was fully focused on the game ahead the other night and it was a great performance as well.

"I don't want anything to be taken away from what the guys did the other night. I think individually and collectively they had a really good performance and obviously the right result, which we all wanted.

"Some real positives came from the game. Sitting there watching it, and how well the players played defensively and in attack, was incredible.

"I could see how well the players performed, being able to sit there and take in how well the players performed."

As focus now turns to tonight's encounter, Terry said he was looking forward to pulling on the Three Lions shirt again this evening.

"I'm delighted to be leading the team out again," he added. "It's the biggest honour of all. I think [Saturday] showed that we're united, no matter what.

"I'm in a great state of mind, completely focused on playing well and training. So from that side of things, nothing has changed at all."

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