Following the departure of Magda Eriksson, the Chelsea captaincy is now vacant, and Millie Bright could soon follow in another of Terry’s footsteps.
As Lionesses captain, Millie Bright takes pride in continuing the legacy of the “fearless” former England skipper, John Terry.
Last summer, she served as vice-captain for Sarina Wiegman’s team, and for this tournament, she inherited the captain’s armband from Leah Williamson, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in April.
Despite a “brutal” rehabilitation process for her own knee injury in March, the Blues defender ensured she would be fit to lead England’s quest for their first global title as co-hosts with Australia, where they will face Nigeria in the last 16.
She said: “JT was a big one for me. I think the way he carried himself and he always stepped out on the pitch fearless and stepped up.
“Every team that he’s played in I think he’s done that and he’s led by example, his actions have spoken louder than his words. For me that’s definitely something I believe in as well.
“Off the pitch I think he’s a great human, he’s very caring. I know a lot from a personal level that he’s always given a lot to the women’s team. On the pitch, without a shadow of a doubt.”
Chelsea out to find a new captain with Millie Bright as the perfect choice
With the Blues captaincy now vacant due to Magda Eriksson’s departure to Bayern Munich at the end of the last Women’s Super League (WSL) campaign, Bright could soon follow in another of Terry’s footsteps.
Next season, the 29-year-old is likely to encounter Terry more frequently, as the five-time Premier League champion announced last month that he would be returning to Chelsea for a role in the club’s academy.
Chelsea women’s boss Emma Hayes has been a fixture at Stamford Bridge, witnessing the tenure of 12 different men’s managers, including Frank Lampard twice, during her time in the post. She was also present for nearly five years of Terry’s playing career at the club in west London.
Hayes, named the 2021 FIFA women’s coach of the year and six-time WSL Manager of the Season, serves as a great mentor to Bright. She has been instrumental in helping Bright navigate the challenges of the game and identify her strengths. Bright adheres to three primary aims, which she steadfastly follows and trains herself accordingly.
“I think it comes with age and experience over the years, finding out how you are as a person on and off the pitch.”