Chelsea defender John Terry, who was appointed England captain when Steve McClaren succeeded Sven-Goran Eriksson but missed Wednesday's defeat due to injury, has leapt to the former Middlesbrough manager's defence after last night's defeat to Croatia.

"There is full support for Steve McClaren," said Terry.

"It's been great working with him. We have thoroughly enjoyed it really enjoyed it and we take collective responsibility.

"It's not just Steve, it's the players. We are the ones going out there performing and not getting the right results.

"It's not just up to Steve to take it all on his shoulders, as an England team we all take the big responsibility."