Since the international retirement of John Terry in September 2012, England have struggled to maintain a strong centre-back partnership. However, they have found some stability in the Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka duo.

Terry made his senior England debut against Serbia & Montenegro in June 2003. He then went on to appear 78 times for England, scoring six goals in the process, including the first senior international goal at the new Wembley against Brazil in a 1-1 draw.

Terry has been named England captain on two occasions; in 2006 after David Beckham left the role, Terry was named as the successor by then-manager Steve McClaren.

He was stripped of the role following allegations regarding his private life, while Rio Ferdinand took over. He was then reinstated as captain by former manager Fabio Capello. In February 2012, with Terry due to stand trial due to allegations that he had racially abused Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers, the FA stripped Terry of the England captaincy for the second time.

The FA did this without Capello's consent, this led to the resignation of the Italian.

In Euro 2012, Terry played all four games that England were involved in. Terry played the first World Cup qualifying game against Moldova, but missed the game against Ukraine due to an injury. Terry announced on 23 September 2012 he had retired from international football.

Since then, England have not had a stand out centre-back, with many different partnerships starting since - Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Everton's Phil Jagielka being the favoured partnership.

But England's defence would be a whole lot stronger if Terry came out of international retirement. Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins thinks Terry should return to England due to his fine form this season for Chelsea.

England manager Roy Hodgson recently said: "I like John Terry, he did a fantastic job for me at the Euros, but it's not the moment to start resurrecting that."

With England being scarce on centre-backs, is the time right for an England return for Terry?

What do you think? Can you see Terry in an England shirt again? Will Hodgson recall him to the England squad? We will have to wait and see.

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