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England's John Terry Insists He Is In 'Great State Of Mind' Ahead Of Sweden Match Despite Racism Row

Defender will return to the heart of Fabio Capello's defence for the friendly, and says he is looking forward to leading out his country and playing at Wembley once again

John Terry believes he is in a "great state of mind" to lead out England in Tuesday's friendly against Sweden.

Fabio Capello has confirmed that the Chelsea defender will captain the Three Lions in the clash at Wembley, despite the Metropolitan Police currently investigating the captain's alleged racist remarks aimed towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Terry, who was left on the bench for Saturday's win over Spain, insists he is focused on playing and has no fears about the crowd's reaction towards him against Sweden.

"I’m in a great state of mind, completely focused on playing well, and on training," Terry said at a press conference.

"So from my side of things nothing has changed at all. I’m participating in training and delighted to be captaining the side again, leading the team out.

"When we warmed up [prior to kick-off against Spain] down the side I got a got a good reaction, and I clapped them, and I got a good reception back. So obviously I’m delighted with that, being captain of the side, and was very pleased walking away from that."

England emerged victorious without the Chelsea skipper in the friendly against the world and European champions, and Terry believes that there are positive aspects to be taken from the match.

"I think the players showed that once again, together, we are united no matter what, and put in a really good performance," Terry said.

"As I said, [there were] some real positives from the game, with players, and collectively. I thought it was a great performance, taking a step back and sitting there watching. How well the players played, defended and attacked as well was incredible. I’m delighted with the mixture of younger players coming in and doing so well also.

"It’s a positive thing that we beat Spain, the world champions, but I think the manager stressed also that we need to continue that, making sure we get the right result again, and keep this momentum until the Euros now."

Terry also believes the likes of Danny Welbeck and Jack Rodwell, who both made an impact after coming off the bench against Spain, can play a big part for England in the future.

"We’ve always spoken about that as important, the mixture of players as well, so it’s really encouraging that younger players are coming in and establishing themselves, and making a real impact on the squad - obviously with young Jack [Rodwell] coming on and making his debut, and Kyle [Walker]," added Terry.

"I thought Danny Welbeck was excellent when he came on and held it up as well, so there were some real positives to take away from the game.

"And the manager is delighted. Certainly from a squad point of view and from a players’ point of view, we won’t be resting on that. We want to keep improving, and we’ve got a chance to do this against Sweden."

Despite Capello revealing after the victory over Spain that Daniel Sturridge would start against Sweden, the Italian confirmed on Monday that the youngster will only begin the match on the bench.

Terry, a team-mate of Sturridge at Chelsea, says the striker is ready to make his international debut following an impressive start to the season under Andre Villas-Boas.

"I feel he is ready. He’s certainly positive and been playing well for us," said Terry.

"He’s probably, from the pre-season he had with us, very unfortunate that he had the suspension. Speaking with the manager at Chelsea, he would have certainly been the first name down on the team sheet.

"But he’s been playing really well, scoring goals as well. He can play central, he can play out wide, he can defend as well, and give an awful lot to the team. So it would be great for him if he does [play], because confidence wise it would be fully deserved."

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