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World Cup 2010: Terry sorry for England criticism

John Terry and Fabio Capello
Capello said Terry's criticism of England's campaign was a "big mistake"

England defender John Terry has apologised to manager Fabio Capello and his team-mates for publicly criticising the World Cup campaign in South Africa.

On Monday, Capello said that his former captain, 29, had made a "big mistake" in questioning training and tactics after Friday's 0-0 draw with Algeria.

England must now beat Slovenia on Wednesday to be certain of progressing.

"It was never my intention to upset the manager or players and if I did, I apologise," Terry told the Daily Mail.

"I went into the press conference with the intention of being honest. I was asked a question. Maybe I went too far.

Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch in training

England train ahead of crunch match

"I have told the manager he has my total support and I would like to stress that I don't believe I have been a disruptive influence in the camp.

"I would now like to put this episode behind me and concentrate on trying to win what is a massive game for England.

"All I was trying to do was stress how it important it is to me to try and win the World Cup."

Terry had said on Sunday that the players were going to hold "clear the air" talks with Capello and that while there was no unrest in the camp and that all the players were fully behind their Italian manager, everyone needed to "get off their chests exactly how they're feeling" and if that upset the manager or any player, then so be it.

The Chelsea captain also said that midfielder Joe Cole, who is yet to play in the tournament, was one of only two players - the other being Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney - in the England squad capable of breaking down defences.

Capello said on Monday that Terry should have spoken privately and that his door was always open for the players.


Terry was the first player out on the training ground on Tuesday morning as England's players fully turned their attentions to the must-win game against Slovenia.

With Matthew Upson a confirmed starter in place of the injured Ledley King and suspended Jamie Carragher, Terry will have a third central defensive partner in as many games.

England will be eliminated from the World Cup if they are beaten but they could still qualify for the knockout stages with a high-scoring draw in their final Group C game.

However, they would need Algeria to draw with the United States and then goals scored and possibly even the drawing of lots would come into play.

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