Hodgson rules out Terry England return
England manager Roy Hodgson on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of former captain John Terry coming out of retirement to play for his country at this year’s World Cup.
Terry, 33, retired from international football in September 2012 after the Football Association charged him with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game for Chelsea.
He had previously been cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand at a criminal trial and said that the FA’s decision to pursue charges against him made his position “untenable”.
He was later banned for four games by the FA over the incident and fined £220 000.
England qualified for the World Cup without Terry, conceding only four goals in the process, but his commanding performances for Chelsea this season have prompted calls in the media for Hodgson to reinstate him.
Terry has formed a strong partnership in central defence with current England international Gary Cahill, but Hodgson does not intend to ask him to make the trip to Brazil for the World Cup.
“John has retired and as far as I am concerned, that is the situation,” Hodgson told journalists during a briefing at Wembley Stadium.
“We have got along without him for the whole of the qualification and quite a few friendly matches as well, so we will have to get along without him in the future.”
Terry last played for England in their opening World Cup qualifier in September 2012 – a 5-0 win away to Moldova – and his career seemed to be on the wane after he lost his first-team place at Chelsea last season.
He has enjoyed a resurgence since Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as manager though, starting in 24 of the club’s 26 league games this season.
Hodgson was adamant that he does not intend to offer Terry an opportunity to add to his 78 caps, however, adding: “As far as I am concerned, retirement is retirement. You respect that when players retire, we move on.
“We moved on after our first qualification game when John Terry limped off and since that time we have chosen the players who are available, who have represented us well in my opinion, so we will continue with that.”
In Terry’s absence, Everton’s Phil Jagielka has established himself as Hodgson’s preferred partner for Cahill.