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Terry hails Bridge and Cole

John Terry believes Chelsea now have 'two of the best left-backs in the world' following the signing of his England team-mate Ashley Cole from Arsenal.

The England and Stamford Bridge skipper admitted it is going to be 'very interesting' for Jose Mourinho as he ponder whether to put Cole straight into the side after his lack of Premiership football this season and given the form of Wayne Bridge.

Cole's arrival at the club means Chelsea will have four regular members of the England side with Terry and Ashley Cole at the back linking up in defence with midfielders Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.

Terry, who led England to the 5-0 victory over Andorra in the opening European Championship qualifier, said: 'Ashley is a great acquisition to the Chelsea squad and it is going to be very interesting.

'Wayne Bridge has been on fire for the last three games and has probably been our best player. We have two of the best left-backs in the world at Chelsea.

'Ashley has dealt with things superbly. There was one stage where we all thought the deal had fallen through and then in the last hour it was back on again. We were pleased with that - and thankfully he is now a Chelsea player.'

Lampard echoed Terry's sentiments. 'Ashley is a very good player, one of the best left-backs in the world - if not the best.

'If you want to sign for Chelsea, you have to be of a real high standard and Ashley is as high as they come.

'He is strong. People have been given a bit of stick and I think he has stayed very strong mentally. Whenever I have talked to him about things, he has been very focused on what he wants to do.

'He has played at the top level with Arsenal and England for a long time and he'll have no problems coping with playing for Chelsea.'

Lampard added: 'Hopefully the move is good for England as well. I have always had a good understanding with Ashley when with England but it helps if you are playing week in and week with someone.

'You come away with England and you know there are little links between the players and we will try to bring a bit of Chelsea into England.'

Terry explained the level of enjoyment and contentment in the England squad under Steve McClaren and praised the professional job carried out against Andorra, who put 11 men behind the ball for much of the game.

He said: 'We saw a few videos of Andorra and they didn't really create any chances and just sat back. It was important we kept our concentration and we did that.

'We are totally enjoying our football now. The training is full of laughter and when it's serious the lads are serious and we've got that respect for Steve and the management. You can see that on the pitch now.

'We are loving it out there. We are playing with a smile on our faces. I think you can see that. We are doing things we do at club level.'