Home
News
Features
Premier League
EPL Home
Latest
Clubs
Stadiums
Friends
Blogs
Football League
World Cup 2014
Europe
Euro Football Home
Latest
Russian Premier
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
La Liga
Football Italiano
International
International Home
Latest
World Cup 2010
Euro 2012 Stadiums
Euro 2012
Denmark 2011
AFCON 2013
Betting
About Us
Advertising
Write for us
Privacy
Recruitment
Twitter
Contact Us
 
 

Blog: John Terry - More sinner than saint but the best man to lead England


Bookmark and Share

By John Baines - Football Correspondent

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Whether you believe John Terry should be England captain or not comes down to whether you take a moral or a footballing stance.


There’s no disputing Terry has a charge sheet longer than the average and some of his indiscretions have been crass, loutish, thoughtless, tactless and to some, indefensible. Fabio Capello’s necessity to strip him of the England captaincy in February last year was wholly justified for team reasons alone, regardless that his alleged dalliance with Wayne Bridge’s former other half was once again completely irresponsible for a man in his position. Focussing solely on behavioural and personal issues, we venture into the realms of hypocrisy and contradiction, and in the end, little reasoning.


During a career that has spanned over a decade Terry has essentially been involved in a handful of alleged drunken incidents and more than a handful of salacious tabloid sex tales. There have been other misdemeanours and circumstances he won’t remember fondly but when we put this into context, do such vices not occur across all walks of this country in varying ages, sexes, races, classes and minds?


To many England fans Terry is vehemently denounced whilst George Best is lauded for similar shenanigans. Terry is incomparable to that legendary gentleman, Sir Bobby Moore - the man who left his wife for a teenage air hostess and Terry will never be revered like Tony Adams was for his Euro 96 antics, despite Adams being sent down for drink driving and once appearing on the front pages for firing a flare gun into a disabled toilet.


According to some he’s a poor role-model for the nations kids, but how many of those same kids want to achieve in the sport what Terry has achieved? How many of those kids parents are poor role-models to them, and how many of those kids will grow to have the aptitude, attitude and commitment to become one of the very elite in his field?


Moving away from principled reasoning against, paramount to Capello’s u-turn was what was best for the England football team, on the pitch. The World Cup charade highlighted the general lack of leadership within the ranks and the sight of the armband being tossed around like an oily rag against Denmark last month was a true slight on the likes of Moore and Adams who fought so hard to earn the right to wear it.


Capello’s incumbency of Rio Ferdinand failed through little fault of his own but ongoing injury doubts have brought us circular after Steven Gerrard completely failed to impose himself in South Africa and beyond and has also been regularly prone to injury.


Since the Italian took over the reigns, Terry has played in 127 of Chelsea’s 156 games, a ratio of over 80%. During the same span, Ferdinand has player less than half of Manchester United’s games. Ferdinand, regardless of how good when fit, is often injured and cannot be relied upon to go through the next 15 months consistently enough to rudder the side through European Championship qualification and the event itself.


Recent home humblings by Montenegro and France have piled pressure on Capello to deliver and he has chosen to turn to the man that has always been and always will be this side’s natural captain. In his first press-briefing back, whilst admitting that he ‘wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea’, he also told the nation that in footballing terms, within that squad nobody has a problem with him and that the squad as a whole back him as skipper. They know too that John Terry is the best and strongest leader for them as individuals and as a team.


It is easy to forget that virtually all of our footballers have some indiscretions lurking and few can legitimately take a moral standpoint. The England football captaincy is not about giving it to somebody to represent the country, it is about getting one man to get the best out of the rest for the good of the team to represent the country. That man, is John Terry.


Related Articles


» 

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund - Match preview and team news

» 

Blog: The League Cup - What does it mean?

» 

Looking for a job in football? Submit your CV now

» 

Wilshere open to replicating England role with Arsenal

» 

Hodgson gives blessing for England youngsters to play at Euro Under-21 Championships

» 

Get your Premier League tickets with World Ticket Shop

» 

Blog: Crisis time as departures leave Forest deeper in the mire

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

Name

Email Address *

Comments


Please enter code on left.


Terms & Conditions

* A valid email is required to submit a comment. Your email will not be displayed on this or any other website, nor will it be passed to any 3rd parties. For more information please see the terms and conditions.



1 Comments


By Hilda on 24 November 2014 at 06:49


i was setting on the first row of the first song of the first show of the Overdressed Tour, and i must say it was noihntg short of amazing. i first saw you guys in memphis (a great show), but i must say this topped it. Derek's opening was perfect. Then when Caedmon's came out an opened with my calm/Your storm, i was blown away. You guys absolutly gave me and my wife what we need for 2.5 hours on a thursday night. There have been many comments about Andy seeming out of place, but i must disagree. i felt he was right on, performed well, and blended well.i'm not sure i have ever had a better time at a concert. my wife and i got to sit back and absorb it all. and that is what i love about your concerts. i get sit back and chill, sing, tap my foot, play the air drums & maybe the air guitar, feel convicted, overjoyed, and sometimes brought to tears. O and i didn't know you guys were that funny.the concert was right on. thanks for making CBC your first stop.


 
 

 
  
 

 
 

Premier League Football News


ArsenalAston VillaChelseaEvertonFulhamLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UtdNewcastle UtdNorwich City
ReadingQueens Park RangersSouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandSwansea CityTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest HamWigan Athletic

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
  
 

 
 

Follow us...



 
 

 
  
 

Kick Football News