John Terry picks his Chelsea dream team
Chelsea skipper John Terry has picked his fantasy team from all the players he has starred alongside in his enduring Blues career - and a certain Irishman came very close to getting the nod.
In a wide ranging interview with Jamie Carragher in the Daily Mail, Terry has selected his Blues dream team and admitted he was tempted to include Damien Duff (below) in his line-up.
Yet his current Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard got the nod just ahead of the Dubliner, who was a star of Jose Mourinho's first title winning team at Chelsea in the 2004-05 season.
Arjen Robben played in that same Chelsea team as Duff as he does make it into Terry's team, along with Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Here is what Terry told Carragher about his selection:
"I’m going to play 4-3-3. So we’ll say, Cech, Ivanovic, (Ricardo) Carvalho, Ash (Cole). I’m putting myself in! (long pause) Now this is where it gets hard… Lamps… Didier.
"Robben, Duffer was good, wasn’t he? But it’s got to be Hazard in that position. Then (Claude) Makelele, plus (Gianfranco) Zola. It’s got to be him, hasn’t it? We’d be s*** at corners but we’d be all right otherwise!"
JOHN TERRY'S CHELSEA DREAM TEAM
Branislav Ivanovic John Terry Ricardo Carvalho Ashley Cole
Eden Hazard Claude Makelele Frank Lampard
Gianfranco Zola Didier Drogba Arjen Robben
Terry also revealed that Chelsea came close to selling him to Huddersfield in 2000, but the deal fell through after a change of heart by the club following his brief loan spell with Nottingham Forest.
"They had agreed a deal with Huddersfield. After my loan at Forest (below), I was supposed to go to Huddersfield," he confirmed.
"Steve Bruce was their manager. Gianluca Vialli was manager here and he knew David Platt at Forest, but I did well in those games, I started five and came on in the other.
"Chelsea wanted more money then decided they didn’t want to sell as I’d done well. I came back and got on the bench for the FA Cup final."
Terry has since gone on to play 682 first team games for Chelsea and win 16 major trophies in what has become an iconic career at Stamford Bridge.