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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 August 2006, 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK
Why John Terry's all gold
By Julian Shea

New captain John Terry and predecesor David Beckham
Terry takes over from David Beckham as England captain
When discussing the art of captaincy, former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe knows what he is talking about - and has the medals to prove it.

He made 461 appearances in 11 years at Goodison Park, leading the Toffees to the FA Cup, two League titles and the European Cup Winners' Cup, as well as winning 58 caps for Wales.

With Chelsea defender John Terry seeing off Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard to be named England's new skipper, Ratcliffe tells BBC Sport how to be a successful captain.


As captain, you are the manager's second voice.

You are re-amplifying what he has already said out on the pitch but you also have to be the go-between for the players and make sure you keep them in check.

But if you have got good enough players around you, they do these things for themselves.

The manager pulls the strings but he likes to put a little bit of onus on the captain to see if he can produce what he wants.

And when you are on the pitch, you've got to be responsible for everybody's job, not just your own.

You can't be bellowing orders if you haven't got your job in order.

International captaincy is different from club football.

When you are with the England team, you are with 10 other players who are there for a reason - because you're the best 11 players in your positions in the country.

But if somebody has a lapse in concentration, you have got to be able to gee them up and make sure they get the job done.

Captaincy is an art that can be learnt. It is not right for everyone but some people can benefit from it.

Giving the extra responsibility to David Beckham after his sending-off against Argentina was a bold move but it helped him.

When you are captain, you have got to be there at the end of the match so you have got to get through the game.

I was a bit of a loose cannon before I was given the captaincy at Everton when I was 22 and I became Wales captain when I was about 24.

I felt the added pressure but I thought it helped me immensely

Steven Gerrard and John Terry in action
Liverpool captain Gerrard (left) will be Terry's vice-captain

Players can benefit from the responsibility - look at former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane.

He was still aggressive but it was controlled aggression. He had to show the others how the game should be played.

In club management you work with the players day in, day out so you get a chance to judge people but international football is different, so you have got to look for a club captain to lead your side.

The single most important ability a captain must have is to be able to lead by example. You can't be bellowing orders if you haven't got your job in order.

It must have been a real toss of a coin decision between Terry and Gerrard but I think Terry would be my ideal captain.

He has led Chelsea to two titles so he has obviously got something about him.

His performances over the last two years have been so consistent - he is certainly been the most consistent player I have seen in that position - and he just seems to be getting better and better.



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