in the mid-2000s, Jamie Carragher and John Terry were at the heart of several clashes between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC in both the Premiership and Champions League. They seemed more like sworn enemies than respectful opponents especially with Carragher constantly taking swipes at Chelsea in his current career as a television pundit. Both men are of similar ilk. Big, strong, instinctive English defenders who have played their entire careers with the same club they played for as boys. However it has always been Terry that outshined Carragher for their respective clubs and for England.
Carragher was gushing with praise:
If you asked me to select an all-time Premier League XI, [Terry] would be the first pick at the heart of my defence.
In an opinion piece for the Daily Mail, Jamie Carragher goes in to detail about why he will always defend John Terry against any accusations leveled against him. He even believes that Terry is better than standout center backs such as Rio Ferdinand, Vincent Kompany, Ricardo Carvalho, and Jaap Stam. Carragher attributes Terry’s lack of popularity outside of Stamford Bridge as the reason why so many rate him so low.
He continues to praise Terry and his international career:
“He remains England’s best in his position but I don’t believe for a minute Roy Hodgson should think about enticing him back to be part of his World Cup squad – there is too much history there. Nor do I think John would be well served ending his international retirement. Clearly he is benefitting from a lesser workload and that will help prolong his career.”
Terry is in the midst of one his best seasons at the advanced age of 33. His previous two years in Chelsea blue have been less than ideal for the captain but he has regained his world class form under Jose Mourinho. It’s likely he has benefited from the added rest of retiring from international football and he seems to have put that phase of his life and career behind him. There is no reason to believe that even with the addition of Kurt Zouma, that Terry can not maintain his current form for another 2-3 years for Chelsea.
John Terry has always been a Chelsea fan favorite and he represents the club through and through. His grit, tenacity, leadership, and instincts have made him the perfect Premier League center back and one of the best in world football. He has certainly lost a step but he makes up for it with his positioning and instincts. His off the field antics, and one or two on field incidents, have soured much of the rest of the footballing on him but the Premiership will hurt by his absence when he decides to move on. Once he does hang up his boots and the non-Chelsea public is able to review his career as a whole, he will gain his rightful place as one of the best defenders of all-time.
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