Sam Allardyce won't rule out England return for John Terry

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John Terry in an England shirt is one of those images that just refuses to go away. 

For nine years, the Chelsea centre-back was at the heart of the Three Lions' side, embodying the kind of passion and leadership that the national side just don't have anymore. 

Their latest shortcomings at Euro 2016 have, as always, led to calls in some quarters for Terry's return, which under normal circumstances would be ridiculous given his age and the amount of time he's spent away. 


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However, such is the severity of England's ongoing crisis that a possible return for the controversial Blues captain is no longer out of the question. 

In fact, it's quite the contrary, with new boss Sam Allardyce refusing to rule out selecting him. 

When asked whether the numerous scandals that have engulfed Terry over the years could affect him being picked, Allardyce responded, as per the Independent: 

"I don't know what the political side of that might mean, if there is a political side.

“I'll have to have that conversation if I feel that John Terry may be a possibility."

Terry's controversial past 

The 35-year-old was previously stripped of the England captaincy after allegations of an affair with the partner of his former team-mate Wayne Bridge, though he was reinstated just a few months later. 

Fast-forward to 2012, though, and he once again had the armband taken off him after being investigated for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, an offence of which he was found not guilty in court. 

The saga still led to his early retirement just before Euro 2012, signalling the end of his 78 caps. 

Terry still an option 

Roy Hodgson was happy to let Terry's international career lie dormant, but his successor may be considering him as an experienced option alongside John Stones, around whom he wants to build his defence. 

“Is he a possibility? Maybe so. I think it depends on what John said," Allardyce added. 

“Maybe if I get the opportunity, I might have to give him a ring. But until I come to that selection or that process, we'll wait and see."

The 61-year-old will announce his first squad on Sunday evening for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in September. 

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