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Nov 15, 2011

Terry 'completely focused' on playing

England captain John Terry has insisted he has public and personal support from within the Three Lions squad and has not been distracted by the police investigation he is currently the subject of.

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Terry is caught up in the middle of a probe into allegations of racial abuse towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last month.

England boss Fabio Capello has kept faith with his captain, insisting the Chelsea defender is "innocent until proven guilty", but he was kept away from the press ahead of last Saturday's win over Spain after being left on the bench.

But Terry will lead out the side against Sweden on Tuesday, resulting in him being put up at a press conference on Monday.

Terry insisted he was in the right frame of mind to lead the team and had not been distracted by the off-field controversies.

"I am here and participating in training and delighted to be captain again. I am in a great state of mind, completely focused on playing well and training. From that side of things nothing has changed."

"The reaction from the rest of the squad has been good. They have been very supportive, publicly and personally. I am delighted with that. I was delighted with the reaction of the fans on Saturday as well. There were a few boos but I always get that.''

And Terry certainly does not view Tuesdays appearance as any more significant than previous ones, despite his off-field woes.

"Not at all,'' he said. "I am here. I am delighted to be captain of the side, leading the team out. It is the biggest honour of all. The players showed we are united together, no matter what.''

Terry has a simple philosophy in such situations, adding: "It is important to deal with your ups and downs, which I have done throughout my career. One thing I have always loved doing from a very early age is playing football.

"The game has changed an awful lot, but you can never take away what the players feel when they go onto the pitch. I did it in the park with my friends when I was younger. It is what I dreamed of as a boy. No-one can ever take that away from me.''

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