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Ryan Shawcross: John Terry replacement won’t solve real England defensive issues

Ryan Shawcross Stoke City and England

So this week it’s all been about John Terry versus the FA, his Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole calling the English football governing body a bunch of twats over Twitter, and tube tales from Mr Roy Hodgson as he made his way to the Emirates to take in Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Olympiakos.

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UEFA Champions League: Memorable goal-line clearances

William Gallas goal-line clearance against AC Milan

As Andre Villas-Boas tries to pick out the pieces from a disappointing night in Naples, one moment will give the Chelsea manager hope that he can overturn the 3-1 score line. Just 10 minutes from the end of the first leg, Napoli’s energetic wing back Christian Maggio found his way on the end of Marek Hamsik’s ball across goal who was only denied by the lingering left boot of Ashley Cole. He may have surprisingly begun the game on the bench, but the man whose form has dipped in recent months was still focused and instinctive with his positioning that those actions could be the difference between Champions League success and failure.

Napoli’s relentless attacking triumvirate caused concern for a disorganized Chelsea defence all night and having forced Petr Cech from the comfort of his line, the keeper can only have assumed the worst. Ashley Cole was there to put his body on the line, but will his actions be enough to change the course of this Champions League story as the following five players managed to do before?

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