Salomon Kalou believes England need John Terry for a tournament such as the World Cup, reports Fox Sports.

The Ivorian thinks his former captain's ability and leadership would be a massive positive for the national team.

"A player like Terry in the team changes a lot of things - not only on the pitch but off it," he told Fox Sports Asia. "He is someone who is always working hard and giving advice and helping his teammates."

Terry has not played for England since September 2012 and was involved in a number of controversies during is international career.

He was stripped of his captaincy following allegations regarding his private life in 2010, before being reinstated by Fabio Capello, only to be stripped again in 2012, when the Chelsea man was due to stand trial over allegations he had racially abused Anton Ferdinand, something he was cleared of.  

Since his retirement there have been several reports that he would come back and play for his country again. However, it was recently reported that he is not interested in a return, but Kalou, now at French club Lille, thinks England would be much better with him.

"I think that he is a great leader. If you (England) want to go to this type of competition you have to take people that will bring a positive aspect to the team and I think that JT can bring that to the England squad," he said.

"There is a lot of young players in the team so you need a leader like him who can direct those young players."

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