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The JT Dilemma

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I don’t really like John Terry. I don’t think many people do. He is admired mainly by small children in Chelsea replica shirts who choose to concentrate on his strengths as a footballer and ignore his manifest failings as a man. It’s probably easier to gaze at the poster on the bedroom wall and not consider a career polluted by self-interest and tawdry off-field escapades.

But watching Terry fearlessly launch his head towards a three-way collision with the Jabulani and the Port Elizabeth turf this afternoon, I was able to forget his patent unlikeability too. Heroic to the point of self-parody, there are few more stirring scenes in football than a defender attempting to head a ball mere centimetres off the ground.

If only there was some way we could keep Terry in captivity on the pitch. If after every game a secure van could wait to transport him to the next stadium where he’d be forced to wait in confinement in the hospitality suites until the remainder of his team-mates pitch up days later. Then we wouldn’t haven’t to listen to him or read about him or speculate on whether Wayne Bridge will ever shake his hand again.

Then I might like him.


Written by harrisharrison

June 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

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  1. Terry’s a legend, and Milner’s the new Beckham. Fact.


    June 25, 2010 at 10:56 am

    • If Beckham was born into a family of mill-owning Puritans from Yorkshire, then he’d be James Milner.


      June 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

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