Terry gets dig from Demichelis

  • By: Simon Stone, Press Association Sport Chief Football Writer, Pretoria
  • Last Updated: July 1 2010, 21:47 BST

Argentina defender Martin Demichelis has lashed out at John Terry, claiming if he performs as badly against Germany as the England man did last weekend he would not be allowed home.

Martin Demichelis - had a pop at John Terry.

Although a war of words between Argentina and Germany has ignited a fuse between the two sides ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final between the pair in Cape Town, they have joined forces to stick the boot into England.

Demichelis' turn came after a training session in Pretoria when he was quizzed about his poor recent form.

The Bayern Munich centre-half made a major error in the group encounter with South Korea, gifting the Asian outfit a goal which briefly put Argentina on the back foot.

Demichelis was also severely criticised for his performance against Inter Milan in the Champions League final and the spotlight will be on him when he tries to subdue a German strike-force which contains Bayern team-mate Miroslav Klose.

Yet, according to Demichelis, all this is relative.

If you want an example of a real pitiful defensive display, he feels you should look at what Terry did in Bloemfontein last Sunday.

"Seeing the way Terry played against Germany, if I was Terry I wouldn't be able to go back to my country," said Demichelis.

"I'm strong but I'm not a masochist so I don't read every criticism about me.

"I know that when the team is playing well there are always people who look for a weakness, for example me, but I know I can overcome this bad moment."

It was the second time in a matter of hours England's woeful World Cup performance had been attacked.

On the first occasion, the bullets had been fired from the German camp, where general manager Oliver Bierhoff laid in after captain Phillip Lahm had delivered the kind of withering condemnation England's shoddy displays deserved.

"Now we are up against our own big five," said Lahm, with reference to the jungle animals that are such a prominent feature of life in South Africa.

"We have to show we can finally beat a big team - someone like Argentina, Brazil or Spain.

"Definitely, these are bigger opponents than England."