John Terry – Member Of All-Star Team
But it was to all end in tears for Terry as England lost another quarter-final on penalties to Portugal. His consolation came just six days later when he was named in the tournament’s all-star squad – the only England entry.
McClaren had held a ringside seat in Germany as assistant manager to Sven-Goran Eriksson and was thus perfectly placed when it came down to picking a new captain from among the competing claims of not only Terry but Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and even Terry’s Chelsea team-mate, Frank Lampard.
Terry’s style of captaincy is very different from that of Beckham. Whereas Beckham led more by hard¬working example and the quiet word, Terry can be seen constantly shouting at his team-mates, issuing both orders and encouragement. Looking back over his maturing as both person and player he says: “I had to learn from all my early experiences and I like to think I’ve grown into a good bloke.”
Chelsea team-mates praise him for his man-management skills off the pitch which include, on the lighter side, instructing new signings to mark their arrival by singing for their team-mates as well as greeting their families personally and helping them adjust to a new life in a new country – often more challenging for partners than for players. One of Terry’s heroes was the captain of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side, Bobby Moore. The pair were raised on the same housing estate in Barking, Essex, out to the east of London, and as a child Terry supported West Ham United – the club where Moore made his name.
He may now wear Chelsea blue rather than West I lam claret and blue but he must harbour similar ambitions to raise a trophy as England skipper. Whatever twists may afflict England’s progress over the next few years, no-one can claim there is a lack of leadership.
As David Platt, the former England, Arsenal and Juventus midfielder, says: “Captains lead by example and John is one of those people. He grabs not only a game by the scruff of the neck but also his own team.”