John Terry has spoken of his pride at entering the Premier League Hall of Fame and has reflected on the former Chelsea coaches, teammates and staff who played a part on his journey from Academy graduate to serial trophy-winning captain.

Terry has been recognised for his glittering career at Stamford Bridge which saw him win five Premier League titles and make 492 league appearances. He also remains the highest-scoring defender in the competition's history.

JT enters the Hall of Fame alongside former Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole, where they will join Blues legends Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

And our Captain, Leader, Legend has looked back on his time in the Premier League and highlighted those who shaped his journey.

What does it mean to enter the Hall of Fame?

'I am delighted and grateful to join the Premier League Hall of Fame. To be recognised by your peers and the supporters is special. For me, it is the best league in the world, so I’m very proud of what I achieved alongside my teammates.

'I fell in love with football at a young age and it’s emotional to reflect on the time spent playing. It has been an incredible journey. At the time you’re not thinking let’s do this to become part of the Hall of Fame, you just want to work hard and try to win and to be remembered as someone who gave their all for the team and the supporters.

'I’d like to thank my parents, Toni, Georgie & Summer for supporting me throughout my career and understanding the sacrifices as a family we had to make.'

How does it feel to join alongside former Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole?

'Ash was not only my teammate, he’s still a very close friend today so it’s very special to share this honour with him.

'Ashley was an incredible player and for me the best left-back that the Premier League has ever seen.

'Defensively he was brilliant and an absolute joy to play with. He could give everything going forward as well with so much energy and chipped in with goals, too.'

How proud were you to be part of the record-breaking 2004/05 season? Conceding 15 goals and keeping 25 clean sheets…

'I'm going to upset a couple of people here, but I think that season was as good as the Invincibles season for Arsenal. They drew an awful lot of games.

'We only lost once away to Man City. Paulo Ferreira gave away a penalty early on in the game and we should have come back and won.

'When you look at the goals we conceded that year, we conceded against sides you wouldn’t expect if I'm honest and that's no disrespect to them. Looking back today, that could have maybe been nine or 10 goals conceded.

'I don't think it's a record that's ever going to be beaten if I'm honest. I certainly hope it’s not and I’m very proud of what we did defensively. That's what we were paid to do, keep the ball out the net.

'It obviously helped with players around me like Petr Cech, Ashley Cole and Ricky Carvalho, so I’m very thankful for that.'

How do you rate the longevity of your Chelsea career?

'You don’t see it too often, one player staying at a club for so long, which enables you to achieve what I did. I first arrived at Chelsea at the age of 14 and it immediately felt like home.

'I’ve cleaned the stadium, I’ve cleaned the toilets, I’ve washed the kit, I’ve done pretty much everything. It was an incredible journey for me.

'I’m delighted we left a kind of legacy. I go back to Stamford Bridge now and bump into fans and they’re very thankful for the memories that we created. Not only for them but for their parents, too. It can change and shape people’s lives. You want to entertain people and, as ex-players, that’s what we miss doing.'

What qualities do you need to be captain?

'There’s an awful lot of things that I learnt. I had the likes of Dennis Wise, Gianfranco Zola and all these experienced players that I learnt from along the way.

'When I was on the pitch, first and foremost I was me. And I wanted to be that person who trained at his very best every single day, turned up early and was never late.

'If I gave everything for the shirt then I could demand that from everyone around me. If you’re a captain who’s not doing that, they can quite easily throw it back at you when you’re not doing it. That’s the foundation of what you need to do.

'Away from that, there’s an awful lot of stuff that goes on off the pitch for players. Understanding the group and that not everyone is the same and everyone needs to be treated differently was one of my main assets.

'I could be firm on the likes of Frank [Lampard], Didi [Drogba], Petr [Cech] and those guys but with certain other players like Joe Cole, he probably needed to be told he was brilliant and needed a cuddle at times and stuff like that.'

Which players did you learn the most from?

'We had Marcel Desailly, who had just won the World Cup with France. Frank Leboeuf was part of that as well. For a 16-year-old, having those legends and people I had idolised around me was very important.

'There’s not one bit of advice that they gave me, it was a daily constant of little snippets: what to do, when to do it, not to dive in too early, work on your quick feet before and after training, come to the gym and stretch after training, see if it helps you.

'Marcel is a great friend of mine and we still often speak today and I never let him forget what he did for me as a player.

'When I first came into the team, Dubes [Michael Duberry] had just broke through and cemented his place in the team. Seeing him develop and grow into that position was great for me. He had so much time for me as well, shaping me as a person and a player.'

Who are the figures that shaped your Premier League career?

'There are a few people I have to thank. First of all, Gianluca Vialli, for trusting me at a very young age to be part of the first-team group and giving me my debut at the club. The second would be Claudio Rainieri for making me captain when he did.

'Top of that list has to go José Mourinho. I think everyone knows how I feel about him as a manager, but as a person he was fantastic as well.

'I'd had my dad and my mum believing in me the whole way, but having him doing the same thing was really, really powerful for me and the whole group at the time.'