Cahill praises first-class Terry

BY foxsports • November 16, 2011

The 1-0 friendly win over Sweden saw Terry make his first international appearance since footage emerged which some claim shows the Chelsea skipper using a racist slur against QPR defender Ferdinand. The was a mixture of jeers and cheers for Terry, who strenuously denies any wrongdoing, when his name was announced over the public address at Wembley but the catcalls soon subsided as he helped England beat the Swedes for the first time for 43 years. Bolton defender Cahill, who partnered Terry, hailed the 30-year-old's focus, adding: "Sometimes it's a relief playing football, isn't it? "Whatever's going on away from the field, on a football pitch he was first class. "He's a very easy footballer to play alongside." Terry's international future would appear to depend on the outcome of the police and Football Association probes into last month's altercation with Ferdinand. Were he to be cleared, he looks set to lead England into next summer's European Championship, where there will be a vacancy alongside him. Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott both threw their hats in the ring with superb displays in Saturday's shock 1-0 win over Spain, while Cahill did his own cause no harm, arguably outshining Terry. The 25-year-old said: "It's been a great two games. Two clean sheets. I think we've been really well organised. Two totally different back fours and we've done really well defensively as a team, so very pleasing." The international break saw England boss Fabio Capello run the rule over 23 players in total and midfielder James Milner insisted that could only be a good thing ahead of Euro 2012. "You see the whole squad's played and two good results against two good teams," he said. "To get two wins, two clean sheets and changing the team as much as we did shows that there's a lot of quality fighting for places." Several youngsters were also blooded, with Daniel Sturridge, Jack Rodwell and Kyle Walker all making their debuts, while Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck appeared to cement their places in the squad. Manchester City star Milner, who himself broke into the squad two years ago, said: "I think there's a good balance now. "There's definitely quality coming through and I think the more experience we get as a team together, with that mixture of the older players and younger, can only do us good." Tuesday night's win saw England complete a calendar year without losing a match for the first time since the mid-1990s, when they managed it in both 1994 and 1996 - not counting a penalty shootout defeat to Germany. Milner said: "We're always learning and wanting to improve and play better and move forward as a team. "But, ultimately, if you can not play as well and win games - which we have done this year - that's the sign of a strong team."

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