Toffees skipper backs England to go on making their mark
By Toffees reporter
Thursday 24 Jun 2010 22:26:00
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Everton’s Phil Neville says the team’s win over Slovenia has sent out a message to their rivals ahead of the knockout stages.

And he says John Terry’s display showed just how much he wanted to win for his country days after he got caught up in a public falling-out with Fabio Capello.

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Neville told the Liverpool Echo: ‘A narrow win has made a big statement – do not underestimate the impact that England’s 1-0 success over Slovenia can have on the rest of the tournament.

‘While controversy reigned in the aftermath of what was a hugely disappointing draw with Algeria– a performance that was rightly condemned – you can only be optimistic about what the future holds for Fabio Capello’s men.

‘Here are the reasons why. The reaction I saw from the players at the final whistle yesterday did not suggest this is a squad in danger of being ripped apart by cliques or individuals; if factionalism was king, England would now be heading home.

‘Much was made of John Terry’s press conference in the build up to the showdown with Slovenia and people are right to say that he was hung out to dry – but not by any of his team-mates.

‘When things go wrong for England, certain elements of the Press take great delight in spinning things out of perspective and I genuinely believe John’s comments were taken out of context to create a storm.

‘Just as there will be some publications that go too far the other way now and claim that England will win the World Cup, it looks like they were waiting for someone to put a foot out of line and then seize upon it.

‘John had gone out to give a rallying cry and, perhaps, he was a bit too caught up in the moment. But to suggest he was trying to stage a coup, to my mind, is wide of the mark – all he wants to do is win for England, as his efforts against Slovenia showed it.’

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