England’s Euro 96 squad was full of leaders but we all looked up to Terry

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From Tony Adams to Stuart Pearce, the team had big personalities but everyone knew who was in charge

When you’re talking about great managers, when you’re talking about great men, for me you’re talking about Terry Venables. Nobody else comes close. In terms of tactics, in terms of coaching, on the training pitch, as a man manager, just the guy that he was, there’s no comparison.

Terry signed me for Tottenham as a 20-year-old. I didn’t want to leave Portsmouth, but once I’d met him, that was it. I remember I asked how much the club had paid for me. He said £2m and I said: “What?” I was shocked and I think he picked up on that, because he said to me: “That’s what we think of you. You’re going to be a hell of a player and you’re already on your way.”

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Written by Darren Anderton
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