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ESPN FC  By ESPN

John Terry's goal extends record Premier League scoring run

By scoring in the 22nd minute of Chelsea's 4-3 victory against Watford at Stamford Bridge on Monday, defender John Terry has now scored at least one goal in each of his past 17 seasons.

Terry, 36, was given his first Premier League start since September, when an ankle injury forced him out of the squad and a record-equalling 13-game winning streak prevented his return.

The Chelsea captain will leave the club this summer after 22 years and acknowledged on Monday after the game that there's a chance he could retire rather than consider a future elsewhere.

According to PA Sport, Terry has now scored 41 goals in the Premier League, the most of any defender. His run of 17 consecutive seasons with a goal is by far the longest streak for any active player at the position, with teammate Gary Cahill second with 10.

It was also Terry's 67th goal for Chelsea in all competitions, moving him past John McNichol and Dick Spence and into 20th place all-time in club history.

And, the goal itself was not only Terry's first in any competition in 485 days -- he had last scored against Everton on Jan. 16, 2016 -- but the 100th scored by Chelsea this season.

Terry made his senior Chelsea debut as a substitute in a League Cup game against Aston Villa on Oct. 28, 1998, when he was 17, and has made a total of 716 appearances for the club, with 579 as their captain.

A victory in the final of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium later this month would give Terry his 16th major title with Chelsea. He has also earned 78 caps with England, including two spells as captain, and has scored six goals while representing his country.

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