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Mancienne keen to play alongside England skipper Terry

Surprise England call-up Michael Mancienne is keen to represent his country but also would love another opportunity to play in central defence with England captain John Terry.

Terry is in doubt for the Germany match but Mancienne said it would be a great honour to quell the German forwards with somebody he idolises.

"I have played with John Terry before in training at Chelsea and our games compliment each other because I'm a different kind of defender," said Mancienne.

"I model myself more on Ricardo Carvalho and Rio Ferdinand because of the way I play. My tackles are all about timing and I like to get my foot on the ball.

"The game has just come naturally to me, I used to play in midfield so when I went to the back I had a lot of confidence.

"John is captain of the full national side and is someone I look up to. He plays a big part in my belief that I can make it in the game because he made the breakthrough.

"He started out at Chelsea having to compete with Frank Leboeuf and Marcel Desailly who had won the World Cup with France and look where he is now."

Andrew Slevison
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