John Terry has been in the eye of the storm recently as all of you will have noted. Apparently if you are England captain any misdemeanor is multiplied by ten and every single newspaper makes sure they get as many column inches as possible out of him.
It is not a coincidence that it is now the World Cup year and the papers, for some perverse reason, will do anything to put down anyone connected with the England team. Rest assured that as you read this some eager reporter at one of the tabloids is preparing to come up with some Capello scandal, even if it happened some forty years ago.
As far as the JT thing is concerned, the nadir was reached when The Mail came up with the huge scandal that our captain voted for team mates Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba in the FIFA player of the year award. According the scum that wrote the article voting for these two calls Terry’s judgment into question and he should be stripped of the England captaincy forthwith.
It is a fact that JT does not help himself PR wise sometimes and since parting ways with Aaron Lincoln things have gone a bit pear shaped on that front. But some of the conclusions drawn after the Cobham tour incident are utterly ridiculous.
JT is England captain for many reasons, the foremost of which being that his leadership qualities are unmatched within the England squad. He is also the best centre half in the world, as confirmed by his fellow professionals who voted him into FIFA’s team of the year for the umpteenth time.
Further evidence of his qualities is that his role as captain has been confirmed by Jose’ Mourinho, Avram Grant, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Steve McLaren and Fabio Capello. Jose’ at Chelsea and McLaren with England chose him as their captain and their successors saw no reason for change. So JT must be doing something right in the eyes of the people who work most closely with him.
The latest and most pathetic rant comes from Matthew Syed in today’s Guardian. He once digs up the Manchester City approach last summer and accuses JT of disloyalty to the club by not snubbing City from the word go. I wonder what he himself would have done if someone offered him a hundred per cent wage increase, as was the case with Man City and Terry. What no one mentions is that at the end of it all JT pledged his future to Chelsea for much less than City offered him and committed himself to the club for the rest of his career.
On a more positive note, Frank Lampard is officially the Premiership Player of the Decade according to Opta. He is the player who has made most appearances since 2000, 346 to be exact, of which his team has won 210. He has the second highest number of assists and is fourth in the goal scoring tables. Considering the amount of work he puts in in our half of the field, these stats are nothing short of incredible.
Like JT, Frank is Chelsea. He might not have come through the ranks as JT has done, but when he runs towards the corner flag kissing his badge you know it’s coming from the heart.
That’s just about it this Christmas Eve. So as we proudly sit top of the league, here’s wishing you all a very happy Christmas, a prosperous New Year and hoping, come May, we will have plenty to shout about. Keep the Blue Flag Flying High.