England captain John Terry admits disappointment at 2-2 draw with Montenegro despite qualification for Euro 2012

The captain dismisses furore surround Wayne Rooney's late red card and expresses his excitement at gaining the chance to lead England in a major international tournament
England captain John Terry has admitted his team-mates were disappointed to throw away a lead against Montenegro, despite their 2-2 draw securing their qualification for Euro 2012.

A late first-half strike from Elsad Zverotic and Andrija Delibasic's injury-time header cancelled out goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent, as Montenegro obtained the point needed to ensure a Euro 2012 play-off place.

Terry told Sky Sports after the game: "We’re a little bit disappointed obviously, after being 2-0 up we’re disappointed in the way we ended up drawing the game.

"It’s a great thing to get where we’ve got we’re top of the group and we’ve worked hard all the way through.

"The first half we were very disappointed to concede so late on. They were standing off us and letting us have the ball and we felt really in control.

"The manager said at half time it was maybe too easy for us and we let them in the game and unfortunately they got the goal at the end but we’re happy we’re through."

Terry refused to be drawn on the motivations of Wayne Rooney for the kick-out which saw the striker sent off in the second half.

He continued: "He just had a little bit of a tussle it’s one of those things but fortunately we’re through and it didn’t cost us. We’re happy that we’re through and that goes for everyone."

England's solid away form has been the catalyst for their Group G win and Terry acknowledged the efforts of a diverse squad in gaining qualification.

He said: "When you look at the away games, tonight was always going to be tough, Switzerland away was going to be tough and we went there and we put in some good performances.

"Over the campaign you can look at it and we can be very pleased with how we’ve come on since the World Cup.

"We’ve seen players come in and refresh the group and really playing for places. We’re delighted we’ve got a lot of young players coming in and with the established players we’ve got, I’ve always said it’s a great mix."

On a personal level, Terry maintains his rollercoaster year, in which he lost and then regained the England captaincy, is now behind him and hoped that England could continue their run.

"That’s been and gone all forgotten about and I can hopefully captain the side into a major tournament, it’s a dream of mine and I’d love to go all the way," he continued.

"Hopefully we’ve learnt from where we went wrong, that doesn’t mean to say it’s just going to happen because we’ve learnt from our mistakes, you still need to go out there and do it because there are a lot of good sides there. 

"I think at times throughout the campaign, like all groups, you go through stages where you’re playing very well and get really good performances. Other times you don’t play so well and everyone jumps on your back a little bit.

"It’s important the players keep believing in themselves, the manager keeps believing and playing the way we know we can play and if we do that we’ll be okay."