Terry still holds England hope

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Chelsea captain John Terry had refused to rule himself out of an England call-up and says he will always be available to play for the national team.


The Blues defender insists he is still concentrating on the end of the season at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but claimed he had not been contacted by new England boss Roy Hodgson.


“I've not had any call yet but I'm focusing on the league and Chelsea at the moment,” he said at Chelsea's Player of the Year awards last night.


“Hopefully, I get the call and I'm in the squad - and that goes for many of us here. I'll always be there for my country.”


Terry will stand trial early in July after being charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, an accusation he has denied.


Hodgson confirmed he would speak to Terry and Rio Ferdinand, brother of Anton, to ascertain if there would be any problems with them playing together, before he picks the squad he is taking with him to Poland and Ukraine.


The FA stripped Terry of the England captaincy when the court date was announced and said he would not be considered for the captaincy until the charges were resolved – this stance led to the resignation of former manager Fabio Capello.


There have been doubts over the 31-year-old’s place in the squad due to recent poor form brought on by fatigue – he was criticised for his performance against Liverpool on Tuesday night, where Chelsea were 3-0 down after barely half an hour.


Terry is expected to start against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday in what would be his final game of the season, as he is suspended for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 19.

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