The young defender captained Chelsea and kept Nicolas Anelka quiet as the
The young defender captained Chelsea and kept Nicolas Anelka quiet as the Premiership's leading scorers Manchester City fired a blank at Stamford Bridge...
"Encapsulates every positive Anglo-Saxon quality" - The Independent
"The next England captain" - Ken Bates
"My prototype for English fighting spirit" - Claudio Ranieri
John Terry is living proof that homegrown English players can make it at the biggest clubs provided they are good enough and work hard enough.In the absence of World Cup and Champions League winner Marcel Desailly, Terry was given the captain's armband at Chelsea by Claudio Ranieri and followed up his inspiring performance against Lazio in midweek with another barnstorming game at home to Manchester City on Saturday.
The combination of ability and attitude has thrust Terry forward as one of England's brightest centre-halves and he helped keep Nicolas Anelka quiet - no mean feat considering the Frenchman's eight Premiership goals this season.
Chelsea won the game 1-0 due in no small part to Terry's leadership and organisation. Many Sunday newspapers including The News of the World had no hesitation in naming Terry their man-of-the-match.
Chelsea's traditional failing has been their inability to grind out narrow wins when needed. With Terry leading from the back, such problems seem destined to be history.
By Joe Bernstein
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