Posted on: Thu 12 Oct 2006

Reaction continues to come in to the news that John Terry will lead both Chelsea and England on the football pitch.


Terry's vice-captain at club level, Frank Lampard, was one of many Chelsea figures expressing their happiness at Thursday afternoon's news.


"I am absolutely delighted for John," he told Chelsea TV. "I wouldn't say he was the only candidate but for me he was the outstanding candidate. Him and Steven Gerrard were the names mentioned a lot and I've got a lot of respect for Stevie G, he would have been a good captain as well.


"But everyone sees what John gives us a captain - his example on and off the pitch, the way he conducts himself in the dressing-room, bringing everyone together, the way he plays. He is the perfect candidate for England and he will drive the team on.


"He is a leader and we all knew that he wanted the England captaincy, he is ambitious like that, and he deserved to get it."


Shaun Wright-Phillips gave the view of a player more recently acquainted with the Terry method.


"His qualities are quite indescribable. What he does for the team shows his maturity as a player. If you are around someone like JT you know why people vote for him. It's the way he looks after all the young lads and the staff as well."


Jose Mourinho followed-up on his initial comments made when the news first broke.


"It's not just him, everybody here is more than happy because everybody knows what he can be for England," said the manager. "Everybody was really emotional when we heard the news. I think it is a decision that Steve McClaren will never regret.


"At Chelsea, if you ask the fans to vote, John Terry is their captain. He is also the manager's choice and if you ask the players to vote, he is their choice too, and he can be the same with England.


"Every fan, even from rivals, they know what kind of player he is and they give him the respect he deserves. A football country like England deserves a captain like him."


by Paul Mason