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Chelsea captain John Terry will not be returning to England despite reports

Terry would only consider an SOS call from England. (©GettyImages)
Terry would only consider an SOS call from England. (©GettyImages).

Blues legend John Terry has made no decision to return to the England setup ahead of the 2014 World Cup, regardless of newspaper speculation and the forthcoming retirement of FA chairman David Bernstein.

Sources close to the defender have told BBC Sport that there has been no change in the position which Terry described as "untenable" after being charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in September.

Saturday papers had claimed that the veteran is ready to end his self-imposed England exile,  having remained in regular contact with manager Roy Hodgson and that he watched frustratedly as three fellow defenders pulled out of World Cup qualifiers last month.

The departure of David Bernstein was said to be the decisive factor in Terry's supposed decision, following his anger at the four-match ban and £220,000 fine imposed by the Football Association in spite of him being acquitted at a Magistrates court.

The 32-year-old last played for England against Moldova in August but was stripped of the captaincy before the European Championships a month earlier, while awaiting trial. Last week, Terry refused to shake hands with Bernstein at a UEFA ceremony in London.

The Chelsea captain was marking the end of the club's Champions League trophy tenure at the Whitehall event, despite starting just three league games in 2013 under interim manager Rafael Benitez.

Meanwhile, the Terry has inisted that he hopes to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the final year of his contract, and asserts that he would never join another team in the English Premier League.

"I've got another year [at Chelsea] and definitely will be here next year. Where I would go after that it certainly wouldn't be in England. I couldn't do that to Chelsea or the fans," he said to reporters.

John Terry made his debut for the team in 1998 and has captained Chelsea to thirteen major honours, whereas Benitez will leave West London at the end of season, with former boss Jose Mourinho tipped to return.

"It would be nice to get some silverware, get the season out of the way and maybe talk contracts in the summer," Terry said.

"It depends on my fitness and me staying in a good enough condition to impress the guys who make those decisions.

"I have got another year left which I will honour and respect, regardless if it's a yes or a no."

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