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I'll never step down as captain, says Terry

JOHN TERRY insisted he would never step down as England captain after thanking fans for their support on his return for last night's 1-0 friendly win against Sweden at Wembley.

The Chelsea defender appeared for his country for the first time since being the subject of a police investigation over alleged racist remarks made to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry received a mixed reception when his name was announced over the public address system prior to the game but the crowd were largely supportive once the match got under way.

He said: "I wasn't worried about the crowd reaction. I warmed up during the Spain game at the weekend and got a really good reception from the fans.

"It was the same against Sweden. The fans were great with me so I can't ask for any more than that. They've always been like that, whatever the result.

"They get upset at times, like we all do, but they are very passionate and that's what makes them the best. We have a great set of fans."

When asked if he would ever quit the captaincy, Terry said: "No chance. I would never step down as captain.

"It is something I dreamed of as a boy of five or six years old.

"I have worked very hard to be here, am very passionate and very confident being England captain leading the boys out. I'm very proud to do so."

Terry praised England for managing to maintain their unbeaten sequence right to the end of 2011 -- a run of nine games, which also included Saturday's 1-0 home triumph over world champions Spain.

He said: "It was important we got the result tonight after the Spain game as well. I've seen in the past us get the high and then drop back a little bit.

"We've had two good games and we are very happy with that.

"It is really good to be unbeaten for the whole year and the record against Sweden has been going on too long (no wins in 43 years). It's good to put that one to bed as well."

An own goal from Daniel Majstorovic decided the game, although England midfielder Gareth Barry had got an initial touch on Stewart Downing's cross, and it was the 2,000th goal scored by England.

Barry said: "I just got told it's going down as an own goal. I got a touch on it and it skimmed off the defender.

"It would have been great to score the 2,000th goal and I'm a bit disappointed.

"But I'm not a goalscorer and I won't be crying too much. I won't be thinking about it too much."