Chelsea boss backs Terry to make England return

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Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea centre-back John Terry is still good enough to be playing for the England national side.

Terry decided to retire from international in 2012 as he thought his position with England was ‘untenable’ as he received a Football Association charge for abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Chelsea teammate Gary Cahill has since replaced Terry in the Three Lions starting line-up, but Mourinho believes the 32-year-old and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who has also retired from international football, remain England’s two best centre-backs.

Mourinho, speaking ahead of Chelsea’s encounter with Cardiff City, told BT Sport: "I've not spoken with him about it (England).

"I just tried to recover his status as an important player.

"When a player plays for a big team it's because he's good enough to.

"Rio Ferdinand plays for Manchester United. If he plays for Man United, he's ready for the national team.

"John Terry. When you play for a big team, you are ready for the national team.

"But the problems that ended with the player stopping to go to the national team, that's not my problem, that's not David Moyes' problem, that's not a manager's problem. It's a personal thing."

Mourinho revealed he is neither in favour or against the idea of Terry returning to the England fold as it is a decision for Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson to address.

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