England captain John Terry has revealed he is envious of the soldiers who serve in the British Army and would love to serve alongside them.
The Chelsea captain - who is preparing for the friendly against Slovakia and then the crucial 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine next week - was speaking after the squad had trained under the watchful gaze of several members of the Armed Forces.
"They (the armed forces) love their football," 28-year-old Terry told the Daily Telegraph.
"They like to look up to us but I would like to be in their shoes and do what they do.
"They are brilliant at their job.
"I would love to (serve) of course. Put your life on the line for the country - I would love to, but I don't think many of us could."
Several of those who watched the England squad go through their paces had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and clearly their experiences left an indelible impression on the players.
"I was shocked, I didn't expect that," said England football icon David Beckham, after Ben McBean who lost an arm and a leg in Afghanistan asked the former skipper to sign his fake arm.
Terry's central defence partner Rio Ferdinand summed up the squad's feelings.
"They are heroes," said the Manchester United star.
"For us to be able to share the same room is a privilege."