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Terry: Defeat could be good for us

ENGLAND captain John Terry believes Saturday&rsquo;s shock defeat to Ukraine will prove a welcome reality check to their World Cup aspirations.<br /><br />Fabio Capello&rsquo;s men went into the match with their place at next summer&rsquo;s finals already assured and buoyed by a 100 per cent record in qualifying.<br /><br />But talk of mounting a genuine challenge for the trophy was put into perspective by a chastening result in Dnipropetrovsk.<br /><br />Terry insists the squad had not allowed itself to believe the hype but says the loss may remind others that Capello&rsquo;s team remain a work in progress. <br /><br />&ldquo;Will this result calm people down? Maybe a little bit. But we were never letting ourselves get complacent or thinking that we were world beaters,&rdquo; said the Chelsea defender.<br /><br />&ldquo;We realise we have still got a lot of improving to do. We can use these games as a base for that and that&rsquo;s not changed in the group of players. The fans are excited and it is a good thing we have qualified &ndash; but we have got to use these games such as the one in the Ukraine as learning curves.&rdquo;<br /><br />Flares were repeatedly thrown onto the pitch during Saturday&rsquo;s defeat, but Terry played down the disruptive effect the ensuing stoppages had on him and his team-mates.<br /><br />&ldquo;We were disappointing in the first half and we can&rsquo;t blame that on the flares or this, that or the other,&rdquo; he added. In certain games throughout the campaign we have had difficult things thrown at us and we have had to get through it. We can&rsquo;t look at the flares as an excuse.&rdquo;<br /><br />Goalkeeper David James, who came off the bench following Rob Green&rsquo;s dismissal, and striker Wayne Rooney echoed Terry&rsquo;s views.<br /><br />James said: &ldquo;They were big flares, granted, but you could argue that someone throwing a paper aeroplane on the pitch might take someone&rsquo;s eye out.&rdquo;<br /><br />Rooney, who last night pulled out of Wednesday&rsquo;s clash with Belarus added: &ldquo;What happened with the flares did not break our concentration at all.&rdquo;<br />