84 minutes into the Chelsea- West Ham game and I am looking at how John Terry marshalls his players. Chelsea down by a goal within 10 minutes. Maniche ejected in the 16th minute. It just couldnt get worse. And then Chelsea steps it up a notch or two. West Ham look like they are playing a man down…… make that two men down. What impressed me was Terry’s calm demeanour. Rallying the troops. Getting Drogba to fall back and help out with the defence. Essien and Makalele stepping up with Terry himself pushing up front. There is strength in this man. Plus, he is just a solid all round defender, who can score as he did this afternoon. Reminds me of Bobby Moore. What England need is a solid defender, a man with his head on his shoulders, a liked and well respected player. For someone who got into a few tiffs in his past he has shown an amazing level of maturity the last few seasons. Low key and leads with his playing.
Forget Beckham. He has never delivered when England needed him. And whose judgement leaves a lot to be desired. Remember that atrocious foul against Simeone at the 1998 World Cup for which Beckham was ejected.
England lost the match on penalties and Beckham was subsequently pilloried by the British press and many English supporters, who blamed him for England’s elimination from the tournament. He does not seem to have matured in these years and I dont see him command the same level of respect that Terry does. And Beckham’s off field distractions are just a lot of baggage that England cannot afford at this time.