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By ESPN Staff
Sep 3, 2006

Terry wary ahead of Macedonia challenge

John Terry has warned England to expect a tougher test than the stroll to victory against Andorra when they take on Macedonia in Wednesday's European Championship qualifier in Skopje.

England hardly had to break sweat as they registered a 5-0 win against a negative-thinking team who placed 11 men behind the ball for the entire game and did not test goalkeeper Paul Robinson once.

But Terry knows Macedonia will be a different proposition. Four years ago they shocked England by drawing 2-2 in a Euro 2004 qualifier at St Mary's when Alan Smith was sent off.

England won the return 2-1 but home fans burned an England flag inside the stadium and Steve McClaren's side can expect to face another intimidating atmosphere.

Terry said: 'I think the Andorran game was the easiest one I've played in for England. They got a lot of men behind the ball and I was really pleased with the patience shown by the team.

'Everyone expects us to win by five or six goals in these games. We didn't force things. We waited for the right opportunity and it was nice as well that the fans understood that and didn't get frustrated.

'Things are looking positive but no-one is getting carried away. We are encouraged by our start and are aware we have a long journey ahead of us.

'Macedonia will be very different. It is a hard place to go. They are a decent side. We will watch the videos on Monday and get to know a lot more about them.

'I have good memories of the last time there because I won a penalty with a little turn in the box - although I'm not quite sure what I was doing so far up field at the time!

'A repeat win would be nice but it is certainly not going to be an easy game. But we need a good start to the campaign and are aiming to come away on Wednesday with six points in the bag from the opening two games.'

Terry is full of praise for the performance of Jermain Defoe who looked sharp despite his lack of first-team starts at Tottenham this season. The striker scored twice against Andorra.

He said: 'It was fantastic for Jermain. He has not really been playing for Tottenham and you come away with England and the training is so sharp so you have to be on your game to get selected.

'He has certainly taken his chance. He has kept his head down and been fantastic in training. He deserved his chance and he was buzzing.'