The English national team has suffered since John Terry's retirement from international football.
With Rio Ferdinand having withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's squad for the games with San Marino and Montenenegro, it highlighted a lack of options in the heart of the Three Lions' defence.
The national team has undergone significant changes in recent times - appointing Hodgson as manager, Steven Gerrard replacing Terry as captain, and now Terry giving up his international duties altogether.
England have struggled as of late, failing to pull out an all-important win against Montenegro and suffering from injuries to the likes of Michael Dawson, Steven Taylor and Phil Jones. England now need to win their next four games to assure themselves a spot in the 2014 World Cup.
Ferdinand, on the other hand, opted out of playing for England, putting a lot of pressure on the likes of Gary Cahill and Joleon Lescott to perform and stay fit.
Without them, England would struggle to cope and their place in Brazil may come under question.
It appears that Terry's decision has hampered England as they attempt to secure World Cup qualification, and Hodgson must look for a viable long-term replacement going forward.
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