Has John Terry had a fair try in the media?

In recent months John Terry has been lambasted by the media every time he has a bad game for Chelsea and has been labelled as a potential liability for England’s World Cup campaign.

Is it a fair criticism? Are the media being overly intrusive regarding the players’ private life and his form thus affecting his performance? Terry had been under media scrutiny all season starting with rumours of his exit in search of more money at Manchester City and most damagingly were the stories about his private life and betrayal of his wife and his former friend Wayne Bridge. The scandal cost the 29-year-old his England captaincy and he was widely criticised by the press, fans and pundits alike. Has this whole debacle led to overzealous criticisms on his form? The Chelsea captain believes that his form is fine and has recently spoken out against his critics saying: “I am totally fine with my form. For England, I think my performances have been very good right through the campaign and, as for Chelsea, I missed one game through suspension against Stoke last week but I think my form is fine, contrary to what everyone else is saying.”

Fans are quick to forget his excellent displays in the FA Cup semi-final and in the win against Manchester United at Old Trafford, which put Chelsea in the driving seat for the Premier League title. He was described by his vice-captain Frank Lampard as being “brilliant” and his manager Carlo Ancelotti also leaped to his defence when he said: “He is doing very well. He has had a fantastic season. Maybe sometimes he has had problems and not played so well, but you have to look at the whole season.” The tabloids would not agree and it seems as though Terry the liability is a major concern for England in the World Cup this summer, but in truth England have far bigger concerns than JT. Firstly, the fitness of Rio Ferdinand must be regarded as more of a concern for the Three Lions.

If he is over his injury troubles he has only played a dozen games this season, so a defensive familiarity with his centre-back partner Terry could be vital for getting him back into the swing of things. Secondly, many are hoping that Wayne Rooney will be back fit and firing in South Africa as he himself has suffered a few knocks recently. As a final point there are other England players off of their form such as Steven Gerrard, but he has not had half the media scrutiny the Chelsea captain has.

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