John Terry is one of the linchpins of the Chelsea defence, serving as centre back and club captain. Perhaps the greatest success of the club's academy system, he is one of the few home produced players in the current squad. John started his footballing career as a midfielder but moved to central defence as a youngster and soon progressed to the first team. He made his senior debut in a League Cup tie with Aston Villa in October 1998 and the following season had a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest before returning to establish himself at Stamford Bridge later that same year. Twice a winner of the club's Player of the Year award, John became a regular starter, replacing Marcel Desailly as partner to William Gallas. In 2003 Claudio Ranieri gave him the captain's armband, and the following year Jose Mourinho named him club captain. John lifted back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06, with a third arriving in 2009-10, and has led the Blues to three FA Cups and two League Cups. He was also a member of the Chelsea team that finished runners-up in the 2008 Champions? League final, the Blues only missing out in a penalty shoot-out. John made his England debut against Serbia & Montenegro in June 2003 and a year later had established himself alongside Rio Ferdinand as the first-choice pairing at the back. Captain of his country from August 2006 until the beginning of 2010 and then again from early 2011, he has won more than 60 caps to date. © 2011 - PFA Player Profiles
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