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Terry calls for arrogance

AFP , LONDON

John Terry has told his England teammates to play with a touch of arrogance when they face Russia in their make-or-break Euro 2008 qualifier.

England captain Terry agrees with Steven Gerrard's claim that England's squad has enough talent to beat any team in the world.

But the Chelsea defender acknowledges that Steve McClaren's side have often been too timid when they should be dominating opponents.

Terry wants to see England back up his belief they are a superior team to Russia by taking the initiative from the start.

Wembley will be no place for faint hearts as England need to see off Guus Hiddink's side to stay in the race to next year's finals, so this is the perfect time for Terry and company to show they really believe in themselves.

Terry said: "I can totally understand where Stevie is coming from when you look around the dressing room. You see these guys playing week in and week out in the Champions League and at the top level, in the big competitions and they are playing very well and getting to the latter stages."

"If we can get that togetherness and arrogance it can be a massive thing for us. We saw that against Israel. We all got together and it needs to be a little bit more like that every single game," he said.

"Maybe we have not had that in the past, but it is certainly something we are looking to build upon once we do get through the group and go on to the competition, to have that little bit of arrogance and really go that step further," Terry said.

Second-placed Russia sit one point ahead of England in Group E and could leave the hosts' Euro 2008 hopes in tatters with a win.

They have the best defensive record in the entire European qualifying campaign, with just one goal conceded, but Terry is convinced England will rise to the challenge because big games bring the best out of them.

"The pressure of the vital games certainly does that for us," he said. "If we had not got the three points against Israel it would have been disastrous."

"We now come into this game against a Russia side who are very attacking, quick going forwards. It is going to be very tough," Terry said.

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