Profile: John Terry

England and Chelsea captain John Terry
Terry has won three Premier League titles

John Terry has been the lynchpin of the Chelsea defence for the last 11 years, playing a key part in the club's success, including their first Premier League title in May 2005.

He made his first-team debut in October 1998 when he came on as a late substitute in their 4-1 League Cup win over Aston Villa.

His Premier League debut came in December the same year, when he was again a substitute as the Blues beat Southampton 2-0 at The Dell.

Just a month later he made his full debut when he was named in the starting line-up by manager Gianluca Vialli for their FA Cup third-round win over Oldham Athletic.

He had to wait a further 12 months to make his first Premier League start, which came at Bradford City. Things couldn't have started worse as the Bantams took the lead with just a minute on the clock but Chelsea eventually came back to secure a point.

Terry had loan spell at Nottingham Forest at the end of the 1999-00 season, making six appearances and helping the club to three clean sheets.

He returned in time to be named on the bench for the FA Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley. He was an unused substitute but played in four previous rounds as the Blues won the competition for only the third time.

The following season saw Terry start 19 Premier League matches, eventually being named the club's Player of the Year.

He first captained his club side on 5 December 2001, for the visit of Charlton to Stamford Bridge, which the Blues won 1-0.

His form over the next few season's saw him first called up to the England squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson in June 2003. He made his debut as a substitute against Serbia and Montenegro before making his full debut two months later in the 3-1 friendly win over Croatia at Portman Road.

Terry was appointed captain at Stamford Bridge by Claudio Ranieri, in the absence of regular choice Marcel Desailly, When the Frenchman left the club in the summer of 2004, Jose Mourinho made the appointment permanent.

In his first full season as captain the 31-year-old led the club to the Premier League title for the first time, finishing 12 points clear of Arsenal in second place.

Terry started 36 of the 38 Premier League matches that season and his form saw him crowned PFA Player of the Year.

At the World Cup in 2006, England went out at the quarter-final stage but Terry was the only English player to be named in the tournament's all-star squad.

The defender was first appointed England captain in August 2006 when Steve McClaren saw him as the perfect replacement for David Beckham.

Although he had previously lost out in an FA Cup final Terry suffered more heartbreak in 2008 when he missed a penalty in the Champions League final against Manchester United. The spot-kick would have won the trophy for the Blues for the first time.

Terry lost the England captaincy two years later when Fabio Capello stripped him of the honour following speculation about his private life, although he denied the allegations.

In March this year he was re-appointed captain after previous skipper Rio Ferdinand suffered a long-term injury.

Earlier this season he helped Fabio Capello's side secure their place at next summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

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