England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed there are no plans for Chelsea captain John Terry to come out of international retirement, ESPN
In the wake of Rio Ferdinand’s retirement from international duty the possibility of Terry returning to England duty has been raised There had been speculation that Terry was considering making himself available for this summer’s friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil and the World Cup qualifiers in September and October.
Hodgson said: “John called me when the stories broke to explain it and my understanding is that he is in line with Rio Ferdinand and that he is actually in retirement.”
Terry ruled himself out of selection for the national side in September of last year after his incident with Rio Ferdinand’s brother, Anton. Terry was charged with directing racist comments at the younger Ferdinand during the west London derby between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea.
The defender, who on Wednesday lifted the Europa League trophy, won 78 caps for his country. He made his last appearance in September 2012 against Moldova, a game which England won 5-0.
Hodgson, however, appears to want to look to the future rather than dwell on past England regulars. He continued: “If push came to shove and we were desperate, maybe we would turn to them. But, and it’s a big but, it’s a time to move forward.
“We don’t need to keep shackling ourselves with what we have with these great players in the past. We have to take a chance elsewhere.”
“It’s time for me to get behind the players who I think will be the ones to take us to Brazil and do well for us. I don’t want to go down the young players route – if I want Frank Lampard or Michael Dawson to play I don’t want to worry about their age.”
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