FA board could veto England comeback for Chelsea captain Terry

John Terry may have revealed he was open to returning to the England set-up under manager Roy Hodgson but the Football Association could prevent the Chelsea captain returning to the international fold, the Daily Mail has reported.

The FA’s Club England board could overrule Hodgson if he named Terry among his next squad, the newspaper claims, with end-of-season friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil to come next month.

If Hodgson wanted to include Terry, however, he would have to seek approval from his superiors – FA general secretary Alex Horne, managing director Adrian Bevington and director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking.

Terry retired from international football in the wake of his FA ban for an incident involving Anton Ferdinand in October 2011. The Chelsea skipper could face retrospective action if he made himself available for England, although it is understood Terry would argue he has served his suspension for the offence – a four-game ban – and paid a £220,000 fine.

At the time of his international recusal, Terry claimed the FA’s case against him had made his position untenable. Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence for the same incident with Ferdinand, but the FA pursued the case outside court and found Terry guilty. Terry recently refused to shake hands with FA chairman David Bernstein.

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