England skipper John Terry has given his first press conference since being reinstated as captain and acknowledged that he isn't the most popular of players, but revealed that the squad had no qualms with his appointment.
The Chelsea defender also spoke of his delight at being handed the armband, a year after it was taken away from him by manager Fabio Capello.
"I'm delighted to have the armband back," Terry told reporters. "People could see that in me, when I didn't have the armband the passion was still there.
"I know I'm not everyone's cup of tea, but it's the decision the manager's taken and I have to respect that.
"I want to win for England. I kept my head down and concentrated on playing well for club and country."
Terry also spoke about former captain Rio Ferdinand, who has missed many games for England through injury.
He continued: "I feel for Rio. He called me after the game [for Chelsea against Manchester City] yesterday. It goes to show what a great man he is. We had a 10 minute chat and he wished me well. He cares about England, the main thing he asked was for us to keep winning matches."
Terry also discussed other players in the team who might have been awarded the role, and tipped Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as a future captain.
"We've got some great leaders," he said. "Frank [Lampard], Wayne - who could lead England later on – and in the younger players there is Joe Hart."
Terry also spoke of the problems of the squad's morale and whether the mood in the camp had altered after Capello's U-turn on the captaincy.
"I can't continue thinking about it [losing the captaincy] but the disappointment will stay with me for a long time," he added.
"When I met Fabio and Franco [Baldini] on the day, I accepted their decision; that doesn't mean to say I agreed with it. But I looked them in the eye and told them they would get nothing less from me in training and on the pitch.
"The manager confronted the team in training this morning. He asked if anybody had any problems and no-one said anything. If anyone does, I'd like them to come to me personally."
Terry spoke of the upcoming battle at the Millennium Stadium against Wales, and the Three Lions' qualifying campaign for Euro 2012.
"Individually they've got a great spine - Gareth Bale, James Collins, Craig Bellamy - they are a great team," he stated.
"Bellamy is a player I've got a lot of respect for. He shows a lot of passion, sometimes he is misrepresented. The guy wants to win, and will do everything to do that. He's a great player.
"For me that's the most important thing, to get ourselves in that position [of qualifying for Euro 2012]. We want to top the group and make sure we're there [at Euro 2012]. I want to lead the lads into that tournament.
"For us we must win to put ourselves in the best possible position. Wales have had a bad start but we know first-hand with the players they've got they pose a threat individually."
John Terry to score first for England v Wales @ 21.0 (William Hill)