John Terry insists he is fully focussed on helping England beat Spain on Wednesday - even though the dismissal of Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari will never be far from his mind.
Terry was informed of Scolari's Stamford Bridge departure just hours before the England squad left for Seville on Monday and he has spent the day trying to digest that news, and confirmation Guus Hiddink is set to take over as part-time boss for the remainder of the season.
"What's happening back home is at the back of my mind but I am focusing on the game ahead," said Terry. "It is a bit of a relief to get away for a couple of days because my main concern should now be England."
He added: "The manager has stressed he wants everyone focused on the game ahead. I want to put in a good performance personally and hopefully the squad can do the same."
Such is coach Fabio Capello's high regard for Terry, he did not need to pull him to one side on Tuesday morning.
However, as speculation continues to swirl around Chelsea, the Italian thought it was better to re-assure himself.
"We spoke but I am sure John Terry will be okay because the England shirt is very important to him," said Capello. "He is the captain and his position is important."
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