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Joe Cole explains his choice for Premier League’s greatest ever captain


Former England star Joe Cole has no doubts when asked to name who he believes is the Premier League’s best ever captain.

Cole starred for West Ham and Chelsea in England’s top flight, as well as spending time at Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa and Coventry.

The midfielder won 56 caps for the Three Lions as well, so he has played under a fair few skippers – notably including John Terry and Steven Gerrard.

And Cole has described the former as “the perfect leader” and the “best captain” in Premier League history.

“John Terry was the best captain,” Cole told BT Sport. “His attention to detail on and off the pitch, he led from the front and demanded standards.

Chelsea team-mates John Terry and Joe Cole on England duty together in 2005

“He was just a perfect captain to have at a club.”

Cole played alongside Terry for seven years between 2003 and 2010, winning three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

His former skipper’s trophy haul is even more impressive, with Terry having won five league crowns, the Champions League, the Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups during his 19 years with Chelsea.

And Cole said of his pal: “I would say he is the best Premier League captain ever.

“I think there’s an argument for a few others, but JT is certainly up there.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has set his sights on winning back a place in Gareth Southgate’s England team ahead of next summer’s postponed Euro 2020 finals.

The elegant playmaker was a member of the last World Cup squad, but won the last of his 10 caps in November 2018.

After rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in a post-season friendly last May, Loftus-Cheek was ruled out of last season’s Europa League final and the whole of the current campaign to date.

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“I’ve put a lot of hard work into getting fit and had just finished what was kind of like my pre-season but then lockdown came,” he said. “It was frustrating but that’s life.

“I thought it would be quicker so I had in my head if I can get back around midway through the season then I can hopefully build up my fitness and be sharp to be in contention for the Euros.

“Having the tournament next summer now is a good opportunity for me to stay injury-free, stay healthy and try to play my best football for when the time comes.”

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