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John Terry was born on 7 December 1980 in London, England. The veteran centre-back plays for Chelsea and has captained the side since 2004. He is widely considered to be one of England’s greatest ever centre-backs.
As a schoolboy, Terry played for his local Sunday League side, Senrab, alongside Jermain Defoe, Bobby Zamora and Ledley King.
Terry joined Chelsea’s youth side in 1995 and made his debut for the club in 1998. He had a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest in the 1999-2000 season, where he made 6 appearances for the club. Terry has made over 650 appearances for the Blues and scored over 60 goals.
Terry captained Chelsea to their first Premier League title in the 2004-05 season, and was awarded the PFA Player of the Year. He has since won three more League titles in 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.
Terry famously slipped in a penalty shootout the final of the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League final, all but handing the trophy to rivals, Manchester United. Terry finally got his hands on the trophy four seasons later as Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich in the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League final. The following season he captained Chelsea to another European success as they won the UEFA Europa League. He has also won five FA Cups, three League Cups and two Community Shields.
In June 2003, Terry made his international debut against Serbia and Montenegro. He represented his country at the 2006 World Cup, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. Terry’s England career came to an end in 2012 due to off the field controversies. He made 78 appearances for the Three Lions, scoring 6 goals.
Terry has been named in the PFA Team of the Year on four occasions and in the FIFPro World XI on five occasions. He was also named in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament.