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Name John Terry
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc The greatest defender in Premier League history. Brash, brave but above all technically brilliant: he possessed an uncanny ability to read play and be in exactly the right place to sniff out danger. Often controversial but a born leader: won five Premier League titles, making close to 500 appearances

Affiliation

Org English National Team
Club as Coach Aston Villa [as Assistant Manager]
Club as Player Chelsea FC
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2006 02 28 Retrieve

[Although this friendly is important for those looking to cement a place in the squad, it may also provide Eriksson the answer to who he should choose in the centre of defence] It’s a chance to send Sven a message. There’s no bad time to play for England. It’s a busy part of the season, there’s no doubt about that. But every time you get called up for England it’s a very proud moment and it’s certainly something I look forward to every time… we work hard, train hard and try and impress the boss. There’s so much I want to achieve in the game and being on the plane to the World Cup is one of those achievements I want

2008 01 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] He is different class. He’s not just done it for one year and tailed off as we have seen a lot of players do. We have seen him for the past four, five, six years playing at a top level, scoring goals, passing brilliantly and working on things he’s not so good at in training. He works so hard on his shooting and his running off the ball.

When we go on a warm-down, he’ll be doing laps around the field on his own. He is an inspiration to myself and everyone else in the team to push on and give it everything in our short careers.

I can’t speak highly enough of the man. What he gives us in the dressing-room when things aren’t going well, what he gives out on the pitch and the stuff behind the scenes that people don’t get to see. He puts in a lot of hard work off the pitch and gets his rewards on it

2015 03 28 Retrieve

[John Terry on his early days at Chelsea] I’d do anything for them. I’d make their teas and coffees, even silly things like sit on the toilet to make the seat warm for them in the cold winter days at the training ground. I used to clean Dennis Wise’s boots and he wanted them perfect, so I took really good care of them. Every now and then he gave me a little bonus. Every time he scored I was on £25, which was half my wages at the time. I used to be praying we’d get a penalty or he’d score. During training I would go in and win tackles against first-team players, and I remember at the time people were going, ‘Ooh, you can’t do that’. Sometimes – the foreign guys especially – didn’t like it. Dan Petrescu, once, he got me round the throat, and said, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ The first one over to back me up was Wisey: ‘If you’ve got something to say, you say it to me, not the younger players’. Me and Dan laugh about it now

2016 05 15 Retrieve

[John Terry says Hiddink like a father to him] For a club like this, and a group of players of our ability, this season’s not been acceptable. We want to end on a positive note. I want to thank Guus ahead of his last game in charge - he has been unbelievable for me. He has helped me a lot this year. Not only as a manager, but as a father figure too. Guus’ door has always been open and you never forget that stuff as a player

[He has helped me a lot this year. Not only as a manager, but as a father figure too. Guus’ door has always been open and you never forget that stuff as a player] He has helped me a lot this year. Not only as a manager, but as a father figure too. Guus’ door has always been open and you never forget that stuff as a player. All the players, and I think the fans as well, love Guus to bits because he cares about Chelsea

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] Lamps won everything with us [Chelsea] and in my opinion the best and most consistent player ever

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] You talk about the (Gianfranco) Zolas and the best players to have played at the club, but for me he (Lampard) is the best. [. . .] You can only single out two players to play consistently well and to score goals over the course of the last 10-15 years and that is him and Ryan Giggs. It’s incredible, to see the number of goals he’s scored at such a high level as well – Champions League goals, Premier League goals – and the hunger. [. . .] It’s incredible, season after season to do what he’s done

2018 10 13 Retrieve

[John Terry taking after being appointed assistant manager at Aston Villa which is his first coaching role after announcing his playing retirement last week] I’m ready for the next chapter in my life. Let’s see what the future brings. Hopefully it brings half the success I had as a player. I am excited, you are a long time retired I understand that, I felt I could still play but I feel like I have made the right decision at the right time in my career. I am ready for the next challenge and next step whatever that might be

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Chelsea captain John Terry on Fernando Torres] From a Chelsea point of view, he was the one I hated playing against, he always seemed to score, whether at Anfield or the Bridge. He was the one player Roman would always ask about. Yossi [Benayoun] was close to him and told us ‘Fernando is on his way’. We were like, ‘no way’. We thought we were going to dominate the Premier League and Europe for the next five or six years. This is it. That was our thought from playing against him.

2020 04 22 Retrieve

[John Terry has drawn comparisons between Jack Grealish and ex-Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard, while expressing his hope that the Aston Villa star stays put amid reported interest from Manchester United] I think he’s similar to Joe Cole and Eden Hazard. I just think the natural ability he’s got and that Joe Cole had, a god-given talent that not many people are blessed with but he’s certainly got. The way he glides past people. He’s quick, but not many people know it - I don’t think he knows how quick he is. He’s a tremendous talent, he gets a lot of fouls in the Championship and now in the Premier League. People don’t know how to stop him

You see a lot of players from the outside, but when you go to a club and you’re working with players on a daily basis, you just see how much of a huge talent he really is. I got to see that in glimpses. He got an injury to his rib in pre-season against Watford, and he missed a big chunk of that season - having Jack fully fit in my season there, I’m pretty sure we’d have gone up. Jack’s a phenomenal talent. It’s been a real pleasure to see him grow, work and develop over the last year, two years. He’s shown the whole world this season that he’s more than capable of playing at the top level

There’s a side to Jack people don’t see. Jack’s there till 5, 6, 7 in the evening, he’s eating the right food and doing all his gym work. That’s all behind closed doors. He’s a top professional, wanting to get to the very top. I just hope he keeps improving with us and making us stronger because, with him, we’ve got a real chance

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[John Terry has admitted that he broke down in tears with the rest of his Chelsea team-mates after learning of Jose Mourinho’s sacking in 2007] We were all in tears. It was one of those moments where there were whispers going around, we weren’t performing as well, we weren’t doing as well in the league, and then he came in and said: ‘That’s it, I’ve been sacked.’ He went around and gave everyone a hug and a cuddle. Full-grown men crying their eyes out. We were thinking: ‘Where do we go from here?’ We had someone like a father figure, guiding us. We actually spoke to the board and said: ‘Listen, we want him to stay, can we not bring him back? It’s a rash decision, he’s the best we’ve worked with’. Unfortunately, they’d made their decision. But yes, there were full-grown men in absolute tears. He was so demanding on the group, and he pushed us to our limits at times. It’s not until you finish playing that you realise why he did what he did.

You’d be sitting there at 8pm at night, and you’d get a message from him: ‘How’s Toni and the kids? Tell Georgie and Summer I love them! How is school going?’ I thought, my God, I’ve never had that from a manager. I’d get in and sit next to Lamps and say: ‘Lamps I got a message from the manager last night,’ thinking I’m the special one. Lamps would say: ‘Yeah, so did I’, and Didier would say the same! Every now and again I’ll get a message or a picture or a video from him, just saying hello to the kids. My kids absolutely idolise him. And that’s because of the connect he has, that people probably don’t see from the outside world

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Ex-Chelsea defender John Terry has revealed that he practised Panenkas in training for two weeks before slipping during a Champions League final penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester United in 2008] On the build-up to finals you take penalties, and you go through the routines, and you do the walk from the halfway line. We’d been doing that for two weeks at the training ground, and I’d been dinking them down the middle like the panenka!

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[John Terry has admitted that his father initially didn’t want him to sign for Chelsea as the former Blues defender said his family tried to push him to join Manchester United] I had the option between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United and to be fair all of them went above and beyond. The moment I walked into Chelsea, it just felt right. I know that’s going to sound really bizarre.

Again, my dad never wanted me to sign for Chelsea. Actually, on the pitch of me signing my schoolboy form at the club, my dad refused to go on the pitch with me. I’m in the tunnel, the players are coming off the pitch and I’m waiting in the tunnel, Glenn Hoddle goes past and my dad’s going, ‘You’re not signing for this football club, we should sign for Manchester United’.

Again, me being me at the time I’m going, ‘I’m 100 per cent I’m signing here, if you don’t come out with me I’m going out to sign’. You needed a parent, so my mum said she would come and sign it with me, my dad’s going mad at my mum, ‘No you wont’.

There’s a picture of my mum and Graham Rix signing my contract, but my dad refused and absolutely kicked off that night. Again, me being the character I was, I knew Chelsea was right for me

One night that was probably supposed to be one of the best nights of my life turned out to be a tough one for a young 14-year-old to be honest. I just knew and loved Chelsea from the moment I walked in and never looked back, I still love the club and look out for every result now.