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John Terry

John Terry


D.O.B: 7th December 1980

Birthplace: Barking, England

Shirt Number: 26

Position: Defender

Height: 6" 1"

Previous clubs: Chelsea Youth Team.

Signed: 28/10/98

Chelsea debut: Debut: 28/10/98 v Aston Villa (H)

Chelsea honours: Won Chelsea's Young Player of the Year award in 1998/99. FA Cup runners-up medal in 2002. Captain: since 2003/2004. 2005: Voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals. EPL winners and Carling Cup Winners: 2004/5.

National Honours: England Inernational from June 2003.

Terry is a big, strong, hard-tackling centre half., He was rewarded with some first-team outings during 1999-2000, during which he even got on the scoresheet. He went out on loan to Nottingham Forest for six weeks at the end of that season, playing six games.

Within a year, Claudio Ranieri had enough confidence in the player to put him in the team when Frank Leboeuf was injured. When the World Cup winner returned to fitness, he didn't return to the team. Terry had done what so few English youngsters had managed at the Bridge and established himself in the team alongside the global stars.

Highly-regarded by the backroom staff at Chelsea, his main attributes are alertness and being a good reader of the game.

Terry grew in stature to become the captain of the England Under-21 side during the 2001/02 season. He appeared destined to captain the side at the European Under-21 Championships in Switzerland at the end of the season. There were even strong calls for him to make the full squad for the 2002 World Cup. However, his international chances were ruined after an incident involving a bouncer at the Wellington Club in Knightsbridge. Terry, along with team-mate Jody Morris and Wimbledon defender Des Byrne, were charged with affray.

After the precedent set by the Bowyer-Woodgate affair, Terry was banned from playing for England at all levels until the case was settled. The player was cleared of all charges in August 2002. Terry returned to the England fold in 2003 and made his belated senior debut as one of ten substitutes against Serbia & Montenegro at the Walkers Stadium in June - England won 2-1.

He then made his full senior debut in the 3-1 friendly victory over Croatia at Portman Road in August 2003 - ending the game as England's third captain of the match after a round of substitutions.

Terry, who signed a new, improved four year contract in the summer of 2003, emerged as one of the best defensive talents in England in 2003/04. His strong, committed and inspiring displays led to him being handed the skipper's armband when Marcel Desailly was out of the side.

He was named in England's squad for Euro 2004, but a hamstring injury cruelly robbed him of a place in the big opening clash with France. He returned to play in the remaining three fixtures but clearly was not fully fit. After a fine start to 2004/05 he was handed a new, improved contract to run until the summer of 2009.

(Information from soccernet.com)