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Chelsea legend denied international return

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England manager Roy Hodgson has insisted that he will not attempt to talk Chelsea captain John Terry into a surprise international return, despite keeping just one clean sheet in their last four matches.

Terry called time on his Three Lions career last summer after earning his 78th cap, deciding to focus his attention on the fight for first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

Hodgson has poured scorn on any chance of Terry coming out of retirement to provide experience in central defence at next summer's World Cup finals, declaring that he is happy to stick with Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Phil Jones as rearguard options.

Following England's second successive friendly defeat to Germany at Wembley last night Hodgson told The Mirror: "We've moved on from that. John retired.

"We've qualified with our 10 matches and 10 matches with Cahill and Jagielka. And we've seen a very good performance from Chris Smalling tonight.

"I think it's important that we continue along those lines, continue looking forward and that we don't start panicking and looking backwards every time we have a reverse."

The 32-year-old has featured for England at their last four appearances in major international tournaments, including an ever-present effort under Hodgson at last summer's European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has restored Terry as a permanent fixture in Chelsea's defence this season after a peripheral role under Rafael Benitez last term, making 16 appearances in all competitions.

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