John Terry

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John Terry (born December 7, 1980 in Barking) is a English professional football player.

John Terry was born in Barking, East London and went to Eastbury Comprehensive School.

Terry is a strong, hard-tackling centre back, and currently, captain, for Chelsea F.C. in the English Premier League. He came up through the Chelsea youth system, playing for the club's Youth and Reserve teams before making his Chelsea debut in October 1998.

There were strong calls for him to make the full squad for the 2002 World Cup, 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. 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.

In season 2003/04, his strong, committed and inspiring displays led to him being handed the captain's armband by manager Claudio Ranieri when Marcel Desailly was out of the side.

Terry is now a regular on the England national team, having earned 16 caps, making his debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro. He played for his country at Template:Ec2. He has been the heart of the Chelsea defense that has been the most well-marshalled in Football league history in the 2004/5 season, conceding only 14 goals. In that same season he was voted FPA Player of the Year by his peers.

He wears the number 26 shirt at Chelsea.


Preceded by:
Thierry Henry
PFA Players' Player of the Year
2005
Succeeded by:
current holder

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