John Terry has been capped for England 78 times - but there won't be a 79th, according to Roy Hodgson.
The England boss has ruled out the chance of the Chelsea legend adding to his caps for the Three Lions, telling the Independent: "John has retired. As far as I’m concerned that is the situation. We’ve got along without him for the whole of the qualification, and quite a few friendly matches, and we’ll have to get along without him in the future. As far as I’m concerned, retirement is retirement."
With Terry retired, for good it seems, the most likely defensive partnership seems to be his Blues team-mate Gary Cahill and Everton's Phil Jagielka.
However, Terry and Cahill together are so effective that it's not hard to dream of the pairing anchoring England at the back. Together, the two have helped Chelsea concede a league-best 21 goals thus far - a record that would serve England well were they to progress into the later stages of the World Cup.
Sure, England have conceded only four goals through ten matches in the group stage, but competition from the likes of San Marino pales in comparison to that of Germany, France, or Brazil.
While Terry's logic is understandable - it's much the same as Rio Ferdinand's was last spring when he retired from international football - his loss is still a tough one for Three Lions fans.
With footballers like Ferdinand and Terry unquestionably in the twilight of their careers, there will come a time when fans must accept that these legends of the game will hang up their boots.
England fans are surely begging that Terry can make it just one more year, but providing Hodgson remains firm on his stance, it's unlikely he'll be donning a national shirt anytime soon.
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