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John Terry not needed in England squad, say Hodgson

Hodgson is adamant that England don't need Terry. (©GettyImages)
Hodgson is adamant that England don't need Terry. (©GettyImages).

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that John Terry has no plans to come out of international retirement, insisting England must look towards the future.

In the wake of Rio Ferdinand’s decision to retire from international duty, the possibility of Chelsea's captain returning to the England fold had been mentioned.

Reports suggested Terry was considering making himself available for this summer’s friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil, as well as the World Cup qualifiers in September and October.

However, Hodgson has put to bed any speculation, claiming that he spoke with Terry when the reports first broke.  

Hodgson told ESPN: "John called me when the stories broke to explain it and my understanding is that he is in line with Rio Ferdinand and that he is actually in retirement."

Terry ruled himself out of selection for the national side in September of last year after his incident with Rio Ferdinand’s brother, Anton. Terry was charged for directing racist comments towards Anton Ferdinand during the west London derby between QPR and Chelsea.

The 32-year-old defender, who last night lifted the Europa League trophy, despite being injured and therefore unavailable, won 78 caps for his country. He made his last appearance in September of last year against Moldova - a game which England won 5-0.

Hodgson, however, is keen to look to the future rather than dwell on the past. He continued by saying: "If push came to shove and we were desperate, maybe we would turn to them. But, and it's a big but, it's a time to move forward.

"We don't need to keep shackling ourselves with what we have with these great players in the past. We have to take a chance elsewhere.

"It's time for me to get behind the players who I think will be the ones to take us to Brazil and do well for us. I don't want to go down the young players route - if I want Frank Lampard or Michael Dawson to play I don't want to worry about their age.

"But the worry is that the older players have been in tournaments in their best years and still not pulled it off. We have a lot of talented players. Jack Wilshere has played 113 minutes in over a year for me but he has a great future.

"Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, plus the Under-21 team with Jordan Henderson, who has come on. We also have Wilfried Zaha, Raheem Sterling, Nathaniel Chalobah and Thomas Ince so we aren't short.”


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