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'We must prove our quality', warns Terry

John Terry has admitted England need to start backing up his belief the squad is full of quality by producing positive performances and results.

Skipper Terry concedes Steve McClaren's side owe the supporters a display to be proud of against Holland tomorrow after their nightmare in the European Championship qualifier with Croatia.

Terry and the other players were greeted with cries of 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' from their followers after the 2-0 defeat in Zagreb left their qualification hopes in the balance.

The Chelsea captain said: 'You look at the squad of players here in Holland and we've had seven or eight drop out through injury and I'm still looking about and thinking 'it's a fantastic set of players we have got.'

'But it's pointless us saying 'we've got a great set of players, a great team.' We need to start showing it in results and performances.

'It's a tough test against one of the best teams in the world and we can only test ourselves against the best and hopefully we will get the result we all want.'

Terry added: 'It is always horrible losing any game but when you are playing for your country, and are very proud to do that, and you are losing, it is the worse feeling ever.

'We all get back to our clubs and play again at the weekends but what happened in Croatia does stick in the back of your mind for a good few weeks and that's not nice.

'We owe the fans after the last performance and result. They were there in Croatia, fantastic in their support, and we saw their frustration after the game.

'As players it has been really difficult to wait for the chance to put things right. At club level you are playing on a Wednesday and then you have a chance if you lose the game to bounce back at the weekend.

'We haven't had that opportunity. It is important coming into this game with such a long period until the next game that we get back to winning ways.'

McClaren cancelled a media trip to Seattle in the wake of the Croatia debacle and instead held meetings in various parts of the country with his players and watched as much Premiership action as possible.

Terry said: 'Everyone knows about the meetings we had with the manager at different places around London and Manchester and we prefer to keep what we spoke about in-house.

'But it is important we come into this game with clear minds and thinking about the Holland game. That's why the manager got that (the Croatia game) out of the way when he did.

'The manager wants honesty from his players and that's what he got in the meetings and it all came out very positive in the end. Hopefully we can show our positivity tomorrow night.'

One player looking to inflict more misery on England that Terry will be well aware of is his Chelsea team-mate Arjen Robben.

Terry said: 'He is one of the best wingers in the world. I can say that from seeing him day in and day out. He loves the ball at his feet, loves getting at defenders one on one.

'He loves getting crosses in, can finish with both feet, and he is a very dangerous player. They've got a few players like that on the wings and we are going to have to very aware of that.'