England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that he could consider recalling Chelsea captain John Terry ahead of Euro 2016.
The 35-year-old hasn't featured for the national side since 2012 - he racked up 78 caps for the Three Lions - but is still recognised as one of the leading defenders in the Premier League.
Chelsea may well have endured a tricky campaign, but Terry, despite his age, has been the club's most consistent defender.
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Unsurprisingly, then, with England struggling in the defensive department, Terry's name has cropped up recently.
While Manchester United defender Chris Smalling looks set to occupy the right side of England's centre-half pairing, it's far from certain as to which player will star alongside him.
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Gary Cahill, Terry's Chelsea teammate, has flattered to deceive for club and country recently, while the likes of Phil Jagielka and John Stones don't look up to the job.
It appears that Hodgson's defensive dilemma could lead him to Terry, who has been involved in a number of controversial issues with the national side throughout the course of his career.
Perhaps, though, the England boss would be willing to overlook that as he goes in search of improving his side at the back ahead of this summer's tournament in France.
"There are, in my opinion, no left-sided centre backs who are English playing in the league who are at least at the level of the ones we are choosing," said Hodgson, as per the Daily Mail. "That’s a fact of life and there’s not much we can do about it."
When asked about the prospect of recalling Terry, Hodgson stated: "Yes, who knows? I’m not 100 per cent outside of John Terry. Because he retired so long ago, he doesn’t feature in my thinking too often. But I can’t deny that is a valid point. He is a left-sided centre half, although not a left-sided player. He’s right-footed."
The England boss has also revealed that he has spoken to Terry, claiming that he is 'a very nice guy'.
Hodgson continued by saying: "I had a long chat with John the other day,’ he said. ‘He’s a very nice guy."
Get him in, Roy
Terry may well split opinion, but his experience and class would surely help England's cause this summer. Hodgson has an extremely talented young side at his disposal, but he has problems at the back.
The presence of Terry would completely change the dynamic of his team. The Mail claim that the Chelsea skipper would take some convincing, but surely he would jump at the chance to represent his country one last time.
Terry is approaching the final stages of his career and should take a potential England call-up in his stride. England would have a far greater chance of success in France with Terry in their ranks.
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