Terry endured a difficult season despite Chelsea’s first league and FA Cup double, having been stripped of the England captaincy in February following tabloid stories about an affair with the ex-girlfriend of his England and former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge.
Terry’s subsequent form was less assured than normal, with high-profile mistakes against Everton and Man City, a bad tackle on Aston Villa’s James Milner in the FA Cup semi-final, and a sending off against Tottenham after an uncertain display.
He suffered a foot injury in training prior to the FA Cup final but both Chelsea and England fans were able to breath sighs of relief when he shrugged off bruising to lead the team to victory over Portsmouth at Wembley.
Renowned for his high pain threshold, he took just 10 days to recover from a partially dislocated elbow to play in the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, which Chelsea eventually lost after he missed what would have been the winning penalty in a shoot-out.
A commanding central defender at his best, Terry was the only England player included in the Fifa technical committee’s all-star squad of 23 players at the end of the 2006 World Cup.
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