Chelsea captain John Terry will not be coming out of international retirement to play for England at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil this summer, according to Press Association Sport.
The 33-year-old has been an ever-present for Chelsea in the Premier League this season - and this has led to calls for the former England captain to reverse his decision to retire from international football in time for the World Cup.
However, it’s understood that Terry - who ended his England career in September 2012 shortly before the Football Association banned him for four matches and fined him £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand - has no plans to make a shock U-turn.
Last month, the central defender told reporters: “That door is closed for me. I am really happy with the way I’m playing for Chelsea. I’m just enjoying my football for Chelsea at the moment.”
Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy on two separate occasions during his 78-cap international career, may have been influenced against reserving his decision following comments from England manager Roy Hodgson in November.
After FA Commission member Danny Mills called for Terry to be re-called, Hodgson responded by saying: "John retired a long time ago right at the very start of our qualifying campaign. We have played nine games without him. We have qualified without losing a game.
"So I think it is time for us to keep moving forward and not every time we lose a game start to turn back and turn back to someone who has been a fantastic player in the past."
However, with Terry currently playing some of the best football of his career alongside England defender Gary Cahill at Stamford Bridge, this story will continue to run and run between now and June.