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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 21, 2007

Terry out for victory against Germany

England captain John Terry insists his team will not be treating their clash with Germany tomorrow like a friendly but has stressed the importance of avoiding injury during the match.

With fitness doubts dogging manager Steve McClaren's preparations there is little room for any more doubts ahead of the European Championship qualifying matches against Israel and Russia.

Terry missed the start of the season with an injury of his own but played the duration of the match against Liverpool at the weekend.

He said: 'I'm fit and glad to be back. I was pleased the get 90 minutes under my belt at Liverpool. Hopefully I'll get another cap and another 90 minutes here.

'It's my first game (captaining against Germany) but we all know what it means to the fans. With the history there it speaks for itself and I don't think we can class it as a friendly game

'I think before the game we can take that approach but once we're out there we can't take that approach. We're going to be looking to get amongst it and press them.'

But the centre-half also tempered his rallying cry with a warning.

He continued: 'We have to make sure we're okay for the qualifiers. It's important we get a clean bill of health from the game. The preparation must be right and it must stand us in good stead for the games coming up.

'We're not only preparing for tomorrow's game but for the big games next month.

'We must stay fit and healthy and make sure we're ready for those games.'

Terry also stressed the importance of supporters at Wembley as England bid to get their qualification campaign back on track after the Germany match.

'There's nothing better than coming away and getting selected for your country.

'It's massively important and we feels as though we've underachieved. We want to change that change it quickly.

'Two wins would put us in a great position. The fans have a massive role and it's important everyone's behind us.

'People talk about a friendly but people have come from all over the country and it's important we show everybody at Wembley and everyone at home what we can do.'

One player who Terry hopes receives a particularly warm welcome is Stamford Bridge team-mate Frank Lampard.

'Frank got targeted a little recently due to some bad performances from everyone. He took the brunt and that's unfair.

'He's been world class, not just for Chelsea but for England. He's an example to everyone.'

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