John Terry has stressed the need for England to peak at the right time - during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals - but is confident the team "are getting to where the manager wants us to be".
England moved a step closer to qualifying for South Africa next summer with yesterday's 4-0 win over Kazakhstan in Almaty thanks to goals from Gareth Barry, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney and a Frank Lampard penalty. It was their sixth successive Group 6 win, took their goals tally to 20 and maintained their 100 per cent record.
However, Terry knows it is crucial that England are at their best when they attempt to lift football's most coveted trophy for the second time. The Chelsea star said: "We are playing really well and are well on the way to where we want to be.
"But there is no point in us being at the very top now and in a year's time from now not being where we want to be. We are slowly progressing in terms of our fitness, our tactical play, our awareness of each other and what we are doing collectively as a team.
There is no point in us being at the very top now and in a year's time from now not being where we want to be.
"We are getting to where the manager (Fabio Capello) wants us to be. There are still improvements to be made. The manager wants improvements and the players can see little bits that need tweaking as well.
"But, although everyone says about Spain being a lot more technical, we can play as well. We are playing in one of the best leagues in the world anyway. People like Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry dictate the pace and speed of games. They can really play and make things happen."
Terry believes Capello has helped to remove the fear factor from England's play. The occasions such as when the players and the then coach Steve McClaren were booed relentlessly during a UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier against Andorra in Barcelona seem a distant memory.
Terry said: "The players are now really relishing getting on the ball and playing and having confidence and trusting each other again. There were times when people were on our backs a little bit and certain players didn't want the ball in certain areas.
"But if you look at everyone in this game, they all wanted the ball and were all making angles for each other. Since the manager has come in, that has been a big part of it, to play right from the back and work hard for the team. You can see how much harder we are working as a group."