England’s comeback in the second half to win 3-1, after being one goal down against Africa Cup of Nations winners Egypt on Wednesday has left England manager quite happy with his squad. All eyes were on John Terry since this was his first game for England since revelations about his affair with England teammate Wayne Bridge’s former girl-friend Vanessa Perroncel which cost him the captaincy. Wayne Bridge had pulled himself out of the England squad earlier this month. John Terry was boo-ed by a few supporters when his name was read out prior to the kick-off and was visibly nervous during the first few minutes causing a bad pass or two. He however, regained his confidence quick enough and was seen barking orders at his teammates and re-assuring England fans with his presence in defense as England managed to keep Egypt from scoring anymore goals. “There were a few jeers but I can handle that, everyone’s entitled to their opinion” said a confident, happy John Terry.
JT impressed teammate and captain on the day Steven Gerrard who thought that he was “superb” on the night. “He handled everything well and he showed he is a fantastic player and a great leader for us.”
Much tougher to impress Fabio Capello also couldn’t help but admire the ex-captain’s strength of character, “I am really happy with him, and thank you to the crowd because they supported the team and John Terry. This was one of the most important games for him after the history of what happened off the pitch. He played a fantastic game, like I know he plays always at this level. He showed how important he is for us, yes. When I chose him as captain, I knew the value of this player because he’s really important on the pitch.”
Manchester City and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, who had an angry confrontation with John Terry last Saturday, however doesn’t seem like he wants to move past scandals off the pitch. Tevez speaking of John Terry’s off-field troubles said that had such allegations been made against an Argentinian, the player “would not survive”
“If you acted like this in Argentina you’d be dead,” said Tevez speaking to the Sun. “It’s complicated to say something about what Terry did to Bridge. I don’t think you can do that with the wife of another player. It’s wrong. In my opinion, Terry has no moral code for what he did to Bridge. In my neighbourhood if you do that, you lose your legs, or more – you don’t survive.”
Surely, John Terry needs to rethink his generous remark about everyone being entitled to an opinion!