John Terry is confident England's World Cup bid will not be disrupted by news Sven-Goran Eriksson will quit as national coach after this summer's tournament.
The 25-year-old Chelsea centre-half has promised to continue to give Eriksson his full backing and insists his England team-mates will do the same.
'If our rivals think that Sven leaving will unsettle our squad, or blunt our desire and commitment to win, they can think again,' Terry told The Sun.
'We are all in it together, Sven is the manager and will be until the tournament is over so nothing has changed as far as the World Cup is concerned in my eyes.
'He picks the team but once you cross the touchline it's the players who carry the hopes of the whole country. It's up to us. We understand and accept that.
'We are all the same in the squad. Nothing can throw us off course. If our rivals think it will let them. It will only help us.
'We play for the fans and the dream to see England crowned world champions for the second time.'
Terry is grateful to Eriksson for giving him a chance at international level and would love to give the Swede the perfect send off in Germany.
'Sven gave me my debut, like a lot of those players who will travel to Germany. I have been behind him and will remain so, right to the end. I know the other England lads feel the same.'