Ray Wilkins, who used to coach John Terry at Chelsea, believes the 32-year-old should reconsider international retirement as he is the best centre-back England have, writes Talksport.
But Wilkins thinks Terry is still the best defender available to manager Roy Hodgson. “John has always been criticised for not having the blistering pace that someone like Rio Ferdinand has, but he reads the game so well,” Wilkins said.
“He’s playing very well this year,” he added. “He has that presence whenever he plays, centre-half is a specialist position. If you look beyond Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, we’re trying Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, and I think you need to be a specialist centre-half to play at that level.”
Terry has been at the heart of Jose Mourinho’s team this season, having made nine appearances in nine matches during the Premier League campaign. With a goal to his name already, Terry has been in favour with Mourinho since the Portuguese’s arrival and the manager has been full of praise for the skipper.
“You go to many clubs and top clubs and central defenders are 30 to 34. John is proving his quality. With what he did at Chelsea in the last decade, I think he deserves to be back on track,” Mourinho said.
Chelsea are two points off Arsenal in top spot in the Premier League table, with just one loss so far this campaign. Mourinho’s side travel to Newcastle on Saturday in search of their seventh win of the season and could go above the Gunners if other results go their way.
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