It was no surprise that during his Cobham visit, Terry was the player Ranieri spent longest in conversation with having watched the squad put through their paces.
"Of course you are proud when you see young players grow up and arrive and achieve something," Ranieri told chelseafc.com, "and I was, believe me, desperate when John missed the last penalty in Moscow.
"Unbelievable, unbelievable, unlucky, unlucky," he emphasises, "but he will win it, they will win the Champions League I am sure.
"It was normal to think when I arrived that John and Frank were fantastic players, and I gambled with both of them. If you remember I said to John that in my opinion he would be the captain of the England team and look what happened.
"Now John is full of experience but when he was young he was tactically, technically and it terms of personality the same as he is now. Of course he has 400 matches more but he is still young!"