John Terry Silenced By FA Over Racism Claims

John Terry will speak for the first time today, following the controversy surrounding his alleged racist remarks against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

The England captain spoke in a press conference before the game against Sweden, but has been ordered by FA officials to not speak about the charges levelled against him as the inquiry continues. Extra officials sat in on the conference to ensure that no questions pertaining to the alleged incident are asked.

Terry claimed that despite his captaincy with the club, he doesn’t feel “undroppable”, saying:  "I don't feel undroppable — I've never thought that with England or Chelsea. If my form's not good enough, Fabio Capello is big enough to drop anyone, as we've seen.”

"Every game we all feel we are playing for our places. When you play for your country you can never take a game lightly. Everyone is fully focused on the game ahead — I'm here taking part in training and leading the team out.

"I'm in a great state of mind and focused on training. From my point of view, nothing's changed at all."

The England team are on a high at the moment, after defeating World Cup winners Spain in a 1-0 friendly following a goal from Lampard, who claimed Terry’s captain armband for the game as the defender watched on from the bench.

Speaking of the victory, Terry said:  "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."

He will be among the starting line-up in a half-full Wembley Stadium for tomorrow’s game against Sweden, which England boss Fabio Capello has already stated that the team must win if they want to keep the momentum going into the Euro’s.

“It's really encouraging that younger players are coming in and making a real impact on the squad,” Terry continued, "there are some real positives to take away from the Spain game, but from a squad point of view we want to keep improving and we have got the chance to do it against Sweden."

 

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