England are 'unified' despite Terry allegations


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Phil Jones said last night that the England squad was "unified" and that there was no issue of the allegations of racial abuse hanging over captain John Terry having an adverse effect on the team ahead of tomorrow's game against Spain.

With Terry to sit out tomorrow's game in order, Fabio Capello has said, to give him a chance to try the likes of Jones, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill in defence, the Manchester United teenager said there was no issue. Asked whether the squad was unified, Jones said: "Definitely, yes." He added that Terry had not spoken to the squad as a whole. "No, nothing has been said. It's business as normal. We've gone out to training. John is our captain, he's a great leader, a great player. Everything is fine."

With Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard both out of the squad, Frank Lampard is in line to captain England tomorrow but if he does not start, the honour will fall to Gareth Barry. Capello is minded to be more experimental with young players against Sweden on Tuesday rather than in the Spain game.

The Capello camp also want to try out the Aston Villa pair Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor together at some point in the two friendlies. Jagielka did not train yesterday because of his broken toe and will be assessed again today.