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English Premier League: Terry: Playing For Country Is The Ultimate

Posted on: November 20, 2008

BERLIN: Chelsea defender John Terry (pic) said on Tuesday he refuses to believe any of England’s injured stars would willingly spurn the chance to play for their country — especially against Germany.

“It is disappointing that people could think that is an option, because playing for your country is the ultimate,” said Terry at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

“Seeing the disappointment on the face of Frank Lampard, for example, he picked up an injury but gave it his best shot to be fit. Every player wants to give it everything for their country.”

But England boss Fabio Capello says he will insist injured players are checked by national team doctors — not just their club doctors — in the future before they are declared unfit for internationals.

“We decided to check all the players to see if it’s possible to recover the players or not,” said Capello.
“But we have to check their physical condition every time. We respect the club doctors, but it’s right to check.”

And Italian Capello insisted there is no club versus country row brewing between himself and England’s Premier League managers as he understands the situation from both sides having coached European giants AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

“I was manager of clubs and I understand the managers; the players are injured,” he said.

Yesterday’s clash was the 31st meeting between the two traditional rivals with England leading the series with 14 wins to Germany’s 10.

New Straits Times

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English Premier League: Terry: Playing For Country Is The Ultimate

Posted on: November 20, 2008

BERLIN: Chelsea defender John Terry (pic) said on Tuesday he refuses to believe any of England’s injured stars would willingly spurn the chance to play for their country — especially against Germany.

“It is disappointing that people could think that is an option, because playing for your country is the ultimate,” said Terry at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

“Seeing the disappointment on the face of Frank Lampard, for example, he picked up an injury but gave it his best shot to be fit. Every player wants to give it everything for their country.”

But England boss Fabio Capello says he will insist injured players are checked by national team doctors — not just their club doctors — in the future before they are declared unfit for internationals.

“We decided to check all the players to see if it’s possible to recover the players or not,” said Capello.
“But we have to check their physical condition every time. We respect the club doctors, but it’s right to check.”

And Italian Capello insisted there is no club versus country row brewing between himself and England’s Premier League managers as he understands the situation from both sides having coached European giants AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

“I was manager of clubs and I understand the managers; the players are injured,” he said.

Yesterday’s clash was the 31st meeting between the two traditional rivals with England leading the series with 14 wins to Germany’s 10.

New Straits Times

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