Brighton defender Lewis Dunk admits John Terry was his role model growing up and he moulded his game to be like the Chelsea legend.
Dunk, 26, received his first senior England call-up on Sunday, a day before Terry announced his retirement from the game.
Terry was capped 78 times by England and Dunk says he loved watching the former England captain play as a youngster.
He said: “I’m a Chelsea fan because of him.
“Going back to when I was young, I used to love seeing him throw his body on the line and not worry about getting hurt.
“I just moulded myself into the best I could be and I’m still playing the same now.
“It’s very ironic that he has retired this week because he was my biggest role model as a footballer looking up to.
“The way he played was the way I pictured myself to play.”
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