John Terry helped put his side five points clear in the Premiership with a brace on Saturday.
LION OF THE WEEKEND: John Terry helped put his Chelsea side five points clear in the Premiership with a brace against Charlton on Saturday.
Terry stood firm at the back as Charlton dominated the early stages at The Valley and then scored twice from setpieces to help Chelsea win 4-0 and move five points clear at the top of the Premiership.
It was a display that impressed England's 1982 World Cup captain Mick Mills, who made him Lion of the Weekend.
"Ray Wilkins tipped me off a few years ago about John Terry when he was reserve-team manager at Chelsea.
"I was at Birmingham then and we thought about taking him on loan. After watching John play, I wasn’t convinced he would be a top player butRay was absolutely adamant - and he was right!
"John is now everything a centre-half should be, as he proved at Charlton. He is a Terry Butcher ‘over my dead body’ type and he is always likely to score the odd goal as well.
"A lot of centre-halves are pushed up for corners because they are big, but it’s purely cosmetic because they never attack the ball. John isn’t like that - he is a genuine threat and wherever the ball is, he is attacking it.
I also like the fact that in defence he is always the player looking to block the shot."
Terry scored Chelsea’s second and third goals at The Valley. His first was a header direct from a Damien Duff and his second was bundled over the line after Duff’s corner had been headed back across goal by Ricardo Carvalho.
Lion of the Season - Total nominations so far
Stewart Downing 3 (08 Nov, 18 Oct, 04 Oct)
Shaun Wright-Phillips 3 (25 Oct, 16 Aug, 22 Nov)
Michael Owen 2 (01 Nov, 30 Aug)
John Terry 1 (29 Nov)
Wayne Rooney 1 (15 Nov)
Ashley Cole 1 (27 Sept)
Rio Ferdinand 1 (11 Oct)
Ledley King 1 (20 Sept)
David James 1 (13 Sept)
Steven Gerrard 1 (06 Sept)
Alan Smith 1 (23 Aug)
Every Monday TheFA.com announces the best England player from the weekend.
* TheFA.com selection panel this season are former England internationals: Mick Mills, Russell Osman, Paul Parker, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Mullery.