Chelsea's John Terry Claims History Will Spur England Against Croatia

Skipper motivated by previous Wembley disappointment...
Chelsea and England defender John Terry has admitted that the previous occasion on which the Three Lions met Croatia still hurts, and he and his team-mates will be using the disappointment of that rain-soaked Wembley night in 2007 - when the Croats ended the Three Lions' hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 - as a source of extra determination.

England have of course already hammered Croatia 4-1 in Zagreb since then, but know that a victory at Wembley on Wednesday night will seal a place in next summer's World Cup in South Africa, and Terry claims that the memory of the game that saw the end of Steve McClaren's reign as England manager will be playing its part in the motivation of his team.

"It was a disappointing night for everyone associated with England," he told Sky Sports News. "And that's something that's at the back of our minds. But we're not coming into the game with that revenge mentality.

"That's been and gone, we've missed out on a great opportunity. But we're here now, we're playing well. Things are going well. We're top of the group. It's a chance for us to put things right from where we left off."

England warmed up for the game with a comfortable if somewhat dull victory in a friendly against Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday, with Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe coming off the bench to net the crucial second goal in a 2-1 win.

Zack Wilson, UK