50 players to watch at the World Cup - No 29 John Terry

04 May 2010 10:31

Football.co.uk continues its countdown of players to watch at this year's World Cup, with a look at England's John Terry.

Name: John Terry
Age: 29
Club: Chelsea
International Caps: 59
International Goals: 6

Raised in the famous Senrab youth side, famous for producing England internationals such Sol Campbell and Jermain Defoe, John Terry has become a defensive rock for both club and country over the past decade.

One of few players to make the jump from Chelsea youth team to the first-team, he was mentored by French World Cup winning defender, Marcel Desailly and subsequently took over the captain's armband upon Desailly's departure.

He has since gone on to become the defensive mainstay for both Chelsea and England, captaining both until recent allegations regarding his private life saw him stripped of England's captaincy, ending his three-and-a-half year hold over the armband.

Having been named in the All-Star XI at the last World Cup (the only English player to do so), Terry has remained one of the first names on the England team-sheet with some solid defensive displays. Described as a "man's man" by Chelsea and England colleague, Frank Lampard, Terry also possesses an attacking threat from set-pieces, with his aerial prowess a notable strength of his game, whilst some recent goals suggest a certain finesse in his abilities with a football.

However, it is his 'never-say-die' attitude that has won him plaudits throughout the country and he looks set to lead England into the finals, armband or no armband.

No 30: Andres Iniesta
No 31: Maicon
No 32: Victor Obinna

No 33: Klaas Jan Huntelaar
No 34: Ryan Nelsen

No 35: Tranquilo Barnetta
No 36: Jozy Altidore

No 37: Robert Koren
No 38: Teko Modise
No 39: Simon Kjaer
No 40: Jong Tae-Se
No 41: Nadir Belhadj

No 42: Roque Santa Cruz

No 43: Park Ji-Sung

No 44: Nikola Zigic
No 45: Yaya Toure
No 46: Angelos Charisteas
No 47: Keisuke Honda
No 48: Hugo Lloris
No 49: Mario Gomez
No 50: Guiseppe Rossi

- Sam Parker

Source: DSG