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TERRY'S ALL GOLD

Posted on 10 March 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King looked back to his schoolboy football days and reflected that the little midfielder who used to operate in front of him has come a long way since then.

Ledley King looked back to his schoolboy football days and reflected that the little midfielder who used to operate in front of him has come a long way since then.

Of course, the player in question from Ledley's time with Senrab, is Chelsea captain John Terry - a player who in those days used to dominate aerial duels in the middle rather than at the back.

"He wasn't that small, just not as tall as me in those days," recalled Ledley of his old teammate who is now an international colleague. "He always had a great leap on him in midfield and won all the headers in front of me.

"I never had to head the ball much when I was young - and wish I had done a bit more now!

"He used to do all the heading and you could definitely see his leadership qualities even then. He loved football and you could tell his hunger," added the skipper, who says it is leadership on the pitch that sets Terry apart from the rest.

"There are not many natural leaders like him, people compare him to Tony Adams and you can see the similarities. He could well go on to be England captain."

Meanwhile, Ledley did not quite go along with the suggestion that a combination of his playing ability and Terry's leadership characteristics would add up to the complete package for a central defender...

"There are a lot of people you could say that about," he countered with a smile. "We are all different for a reason. I would love to have certain parts of people's games. I am sure it is something you are born with though - you try to do as much of it as you can in your team."