London, Sep 5 (ANI): England captain John Terry has increased the pressure before the World Cup qualifier against Croatia by insisting that their Arsenal striker Eduardo is a diver.
Terry leads his men out to face Slovenia today in a friendly at Wembley but it is very much a warm-up for the main event, The Sun reports.
Eduardo, 26, is expected to lead the visitors’ attack having been centre stage for his tumble against Celtic, which resulted in a two-match ban from UEFA.
Terry said: “I think the Eduardo one was a dive. We can all see that and it’s disappointing to see because Arsenal is a quality side and I don’t think they want to be portrayed like that.”
Terry believes diving has to be stamped out of the game, but that English players are too saintly for their own good and don’t get so many free-kicks because they try to remain upright when challenged.
“Diving is something the England lads don’t do. Sometimes we’re too honest. Even in the Premier League, we see the English lads get a bit of contact and try to stay on their feet and score from the chance. The foreign mentality coming in is any little clip, you go tumbling over because of the speed of the game nowadays,” he added.
Terry revealed that he and fellow members of the defenders’ union are well aware who the culprits are in the game.
“Yeah, you know who they are. It’s not all the foreigners so it’s unfair to single them out but from our mentality and the way we’ve grown up it’s not something we’ve ever been into.
“When Chelsea first came into the UEFA Cup and the Champions League, we had to adapt because in the last minute of games we were giving away silly fouls that weren’t.
“When you see the opponents’ team-sheet you know who you’ve got to be careful with but there’s nobody in this England squad like that,” Terry said. (ANI)