Love him or hate him, like him or loath him, whatever you have to say about him, John Terry is without a doubt England’s best defender and is key to England’s chances of winning the World Cup this summer.
The Chelsea skipper has endured a turbulent year with revelations about his private life making him into public enemy number one. Soon after he was stripped of the England captaincy by Fabio Capello, and former team-mate Wayne Bridge refused to play in the England squad alongside Terry because of what came out in the revelations. His performances for Chelsea and England ever since the scandal have been under immense scrutiny and Terry has found himself living under a media microscope for the last six months.
However despite all of the negative press around him he hasn’t let it affect his game and was instrumental in Chelsea winning the Premiership title and the FA Cup this season. Chelsea only conceded 32 goals in the Premiership and that was with injuries to Petr Cech, Ashley Cole and Ricardo Carvalho. With John Terry being an ever-present for Chelsea as well that statistic just shows how vital he has been to the club.
Now at the World Cup, with his replacement as England captain and fellow centreback Rio Ferdinand out injured a lot of the responsibility will rest on Terry’s shoulders. However the Chelsea man is more than capable of stepping up to the plate for his country. Due to England’s current defensive injury crisis it remains to be seen who will start alongside Terry in their next game against Algeria. Many people would favour Michael Dawson to be given the nod, despite him not winning a single cap for his country so far, however should he be selected then the wealth of experience that Terry has could prove invaluable to him and England.
There is a reason that Terry was made England captain in the first place and that is because he brings a strong sense of organisation and leadership to the back four. Despite no longer being captain he obviously still retains those qualities and if England are to win the World Cup then a lot of the credit will be going to John Terry. His ability of reading the game is second to none and he is arguably one of the best defenders in the world and a case could certainly be made for him to be considered THE best. The fact that his performances haven’t been affected by his private life revelations must be applauded as many players would be unable to cope with that attention and would suffer a dip in form.
Whether or not England actually emerge victorious in South Africa is something that can’t predicted but if it happens and England finally end 44 years of hurt then don’t be surprised if John Terry is at the heart of England’s success.