This is not how John Terry would liked to have marked his 700th Chelsea appearance.
The 35-year-old gifted Everton a 50th-minute advantage in today’s Premier League match at Stamford Bridge by bundling a cross into his own net, and taking out goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the process!
Terry, whose four Premier League own goals is more than any other Chelsea player, got himself into a right mess on his big day and started a sequence of four goals in 16 second-half minutes.
Kevin Mirallas soon doubled Everton’s lead, but Chelsea, still unbeaten under interim boss Guus Hiddink, were level by 66 minutes as Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas scored in quick succession.
Long-serving captain Terry becomes the third Chelsea player to reach the landmark of 700 appearances after Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris, whose 795 appearances might be a milestone out of Terry’s reach.
The ex-England skipper is out of contract with his boyhood club in the summer, and is less likely to be handed an extension now that his close ally Jose Mourinho is no longer in the managerial hotseat.
Thus, this could conceivably be the last time that Terry finds the net in a Chelsea shirt. Fortunately for him, it probably won’t be one that he is remembered by when his Blues career does come to an end.
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