Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Who should partner John Terry against Algeria?

John Terry

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Terry and Upson (807 minutes, 9 goals conceded)

More recent experience as a partnership than the other combinations and arguably the best balanced in terms of style. Terry likes to attack the ball, Upson to drop off. Upson is also a decent distributor of the ball. However, both are left-sided and Upson is prone to lapses of concentration and coming off a moderate season for West Ham.



Terry and Carragher (54 minutes, 1 goal conceded)



The most experienced and honoured duo but lacking in pace, as Jozy Altidore illustrated on Saturday. Carragher is right-sided, and happy to drop off, so suits Terry. He is also a good reader of the game though, like Terry, he tends to find himself making last-ditch tackles too often for comfort. An ordinary partnership in terms of distribution.



Terry and Dawson (no matches)



Dawson is the form player – he finished the season strongly with Tottenham, but is uncapped at international level. Plays on the right and likes to attack the ball. No doubts about his commitment, but there are questions about his ability to handle the movement and quick-feet of international strikers. Even Jermaine Beckford befuddled him this season.

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