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Name: John Terry  
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Date of Birth: 7th December 1980
Place of Birth: Barking, London, England
Profession: Footballer
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John Terry with England.

John Terry (born 7 December 1980 in Barking, London, England) is a English professional football player. Terry is a strong, hard-tackling centre back, who is currently captain of Chelsea F.C. in the English Premier League, and a regular member of the England national team.

Terry was born in Barking, East London and attended Eastbury Comprehensive School. Before being spotted by Chelsea, he played for Sunday League Team Senrab FC. This team featured many future stars including Terry himself, Bobby Zamora, Paul Konchesky, Ledley King and J Lloyd Samuel. He rose through the Chelsea youth system, playing for the club's Youth and Reserve teams before making his Chelsea debut in October 1998. He wears the number 26 shirt at Chelsea.

In season 2003/04, his strong, committed and inspiring displays led to him being handed the captain's armband by manager Claudio Ranieri when Marcel Desailly was out of the side. He played very well in the absence of the French legend, establishing himself as a genuine contender for a first team slot. Following Desailly's retirement, new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wanted Terry as his club captain - a choice which was justified throughout the 2004/5 season. Terry scored eight goals and was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England. In September 2005 he was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro awards. The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers in 40 countries.

Terry is a regular in the England national team, having earned 20 caps as of 14 October 2005. He made his debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro. He played for his country at Euro 2004, and England Manager Sven Goran Eriksson said recently he believed Terry to be his first-choice centre back, ahead of the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell. In a game against Poland, he had the honour of wearing England's captain armband, replacing Michael Owen as captain after the latter was taken off. He was the heart of the Chelsea defense that was the most well-marshalled in Football league history in the 2004/5 season, conceding only 15 League goals. In 2005 Terry was voted best defender of the UEFA Champions League tournament, after not only defending and organising his team superbly but scoring four goals in the tournament including the winning goal against Barcelona in the second round.

Early in his career Terry was involved in an unsavoury off-the-pitch incident, but he is now praised as a model professional. Along with Frank Lampard, Claude Makélélé and Petr Cech, he is regarded as a part of the "spine" of the Chelsea team. He is especially popular with Chelsea fans, as he is a Londoner who came though the club's youth system. Widely regarded as the best header of the ball in the world, Terry offers an almost unmarkable threat at set-pieces as he has an uncanny ability to time and place his runs with the fall of the ball. His headers against Arsenal and Charlton in the Premier League provided examples of his excellent heading ability.

Terry currently lives in Surrey with his fiancee, Toni Poole. His older brother Paul is also a professional footballer, but he plays at a much lower level, currently for Yeovil Town F.C.

Preceded by:
Thierry Henry
PFA Players' Player of the Year
Succeeded by:
current holder

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