Chelsea captain John Terry is fast approaching 600 games in his career for club and country, but the 30 year-old central defender does not want to stop playing just yet.
Asked about his desire to continue playing for England JT said, “I love playing for my country. I see it as the biggest privilege of my career so there’s no way I’m going to volunteer to give that up. I want to go on for a good few years yet, for as long as I can. Put it this way, I’ve got 68 caps and I’d love to think I could get 100. There’s not many players who’ve done that so it would be some achievement and it’s definitely a goal.”
Terry realises it will not be easy to reach his goal of 100 caps and he went on to say, “That’s not to say I haven’t looked over my shoulder to look at those challenging for my England place. I know there’s some very good players who want my England shirt. Michael Dawson, Joleon Lescott, Ledley King, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka for starters. And then there’s the youngsters bubbling through like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. I know I need to train hard and play well to keep my place.”
Training hard and playing well is something Terry has done all throughout his career and he went on to say, “When I was younger at Chelsea I got injured and William Gallas and Marcel Desailly played instead. I had to knuckle down, work hard and fight for my place. I just battled hard to break back into the team and I’ve been there ever since.”
We wish you well in your attempts to reach those 100 England caps JT, but to Chelsea fans winning back the Premier League title from Manchester United is far more important, as is challenging for the Champions League.
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