Tell me, who else, under the burden of an impending court appearance could have remained as focused and as committed to England's cause as John Terry last night? His "clearance" against the Ukraine said everything about the guy's never say die attitude and his overall performance last night made mugs of those who claim he is over rated.
I will risk being accused of sacrilege here but I am going to say it anyway, Terry's defensive performance for England last night was the best I have seen since Bobby Moore so very nearly kept Pele and company at bay. And like Terry, Moore was playing under a legal shadow on that memorable day in Mexico.
Ultimately, Hodgson got it wrong last night: England were too rigid and too defensive, which enabled Italy to take control of the game; but his selection of Terry at the expense of Rio Ferdinand has been vindicated with a capital V.
Yes Terry is a loathsome man, but that's what makes him so bloody good as a centre half. He was head and shoulders our best player last night and I would be amazed if he is not wearing the number 5 shirt in the Best 11 selected at the end of the tournament.
Now he returns to England for the little matter of a court case which, in many ways he has already won. Anton engineered the furore because of the rivalry between Rio and JT and the idea was not that Brother Ferdinand would miss out on his last shot at international glory whilst Terry received the plaudits as England's outstanding player of the tournament!