A year since announcing his international retirement, John Terry has watched his former England teammates secure World Cup qualification, and at this moment in time, will also be sitting at home, rather than on the plane to Brazil next summer.
12 months on, we ask, is John Terry ready to finally return to the squad? We'll discuss whether it would be the right decision, and look at his chances of even being selected with current England centre-backs having done all the hard work already.
The 32-year-old would reconsider his decision, should another member of the squad suffer an injury, as an emergency call-up. So, he hasn't given up hope as it seems, or maybe this would be the only way to retain his place.
Having been absent from the squad during qualifiers, you could argue if Terry deserves a second-chance. The word 'deserve' has been key through John Terry's entire career, critics have blamed his attitude towards others on and off the pitch, and whether it's lifting trophies in full kit having not played in the match, or getting in trouble with the law, there's no doubt his selection would cause a stir.
Saying this, the start of this season has been positive in the domestic league for Chelsea's captain. A rejuvenated player under Jose Mourinho, who's reclaimed his place in the starting line-up, Terry has led the Blues to second-place in the league after eight games. His experience and leadership reflected what Chelsea were missing under Rafa Benitez, and his exploits on the pitch have reminded us of his world-class qualities and how he is still a deserving England player.
However, Roy Hodgson has been opting for younger talent this campaign, unlike former England manager, Fabio Capello, whose resignation was supposedly caused by the stripping of John Terry's national captaincy.
The Italian fielded older players in South Africa, including Terry, but Hodgson has been selecting the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. This could be a problem for Terry, who's experience could benefit the centre-half position, currently filled by, Chelsea team mate, Gary Cahill and Everton's Phil Jagielka, who have just 44 caps between them, just over half of Terry's total, asking the question of how well they can cope against the likes of Brazil and Spain.
As mentioned before, the new ethos of youth in the England camp is now preferred to experience, you could argue that it is too late for Terry, now that the qualifying campaign is over. A new era in England, a risk, but only time will tell.
Nevertheless, John Terry's inclusion wouldn't hurt England, in a position currently lacking World Cup experience. Although youth is the answer, Terry may have one last part to play, adding to Roy Hodgson never-ending list of predicaments, as he submits his final squad on June 2.
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