Chelsea target lauds 'first class' Terry

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John Terry earned praise from England international teammate Gary Cahill after captaining England to a 1-0 win over Sweden last night.

The Chelsea centre back has been in the middle of a media storm amidst allegations of using racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, with a Metropolitan Police and FA investigation currently taking place over the incident at Loftus Road.

Despite the delicate situation, Terry took the armband back from teammate Frank Lampard after missing out against Spain, and produced a solid display at Wembley to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic at bay.

It was a performance that impressed Cahill, who has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks, and would play alongside Terry on a regular basis were Andre Villas-Boas able to lure the Bolton defender to Stamford Bridge.

“Yes, definitely. I think sometimes it's a relief to play football isn't it? Whatever is going on away from the pitch, he was first class tonight," replied Cahill when asked if 'JT' was able to put the allegations behind him.

“It's very easy and comfortable to play alongside him. We are giving nothing away at the minute. We've been really well organised and that's very pleasing.

"For us at the back, we have to keep things tight to see games out and get positive results."

The Trotters centre back is in the last year of his current contract at the Reebok Stadium, with Owen Coyle hoping to keep the player in Lancashire despite speculation over a big-money move.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and even Barcelona have also been linked with a move, and his future is likely to become much clearer in January.

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