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By ESPN Staff
Jun 5, 2007

Terry in bullish mood ahead of Estonia test

Skipper John Terry admitted a glance around the England dressing room has convinced him Steve McClaren's side will qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.

England's hopes of reaching Austria and Switzerland next summer are in the balance with Croatia, Israel and Russia all ahead of them at the halfway stage in their qualifying group.

But Terry believes England have the quality and talent at their disposal to make up lost ground, starting with tomorrow night's clash in Estonia.

And, while welcoming the return of David Beckham, he also believes the availability of Michael Owen and his Chelsea team-mate Joe Cole after injury is also crucial to England's chances.

Terry said: 'I glance around our dressing room and it is full of excellent players and it's great to have two of them back in the frame after a long time out with injury.

'We have missed Joe Cole and Michael Owen. They are very important players for us and both can, and have been, match-winners for England.

'We want them for the important games we have coming up, starting in Estonia on Wednesday.

'We have players who have appeared in domestic cup finals, players who have performed in Champions League finals, and have played at the very top.

'It makes me confident that we can deal with the situation we are currently in and get to where we want to be. It's a case if having belief and winning on Wednesday.

'We have to qualify for Euro 2008 - for ourselves, the country and the fans.'

Cole has been dogged by a foot injury during the past season and has been desperate to reclaim his place in the England set-up.

Terry said: 'Joe has had this bad foot problem, from which he still hasn't fully recovered, but the good news is he's looking a lot better now.

'I know how desperate Joe was to get back in this squad. He would be on at me daily, saying things like `speak to Steve McClaren for me and tell him I'll be ready for the Estonia game'.

'He just wants to play football. He has put in so much hard work. Most people would have taken a week off at the end of this season but Joe stayed at Chelsea with just the physiotherapist and the fitness coach, doing a lot of work.'