England manager Roy Hodgson has ruled out approaching Chelsea captain John Terry about a return to the national team, Sky
Terry stepped away from the international set-up in September 2012 with 78 caps to his name, and Hodgson has praised the central defenders that are currently part of the squad, insisting it would be more beneficial to keep faith in the younger players than return to the 32-year-old Terry.
“We’ve moved on from that. John retired,” Hodgson said. “We’ve qualified with our 10 matches and 10 matches with Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka and we’ve seen a very good performance from Chris Smalling [against Germany].
“I think it’s important that we continue along those lines, continue looking forward and that we don’t start panicking and looking backwards every time we have a reverse.”
Hodgson was speaking after England lost their second home fixture in five days, going down to a 1-0 defeat by Germany having been beaten 2-0 by Chile on Friday. An Alexis Sanchez brace gave the South Americans victory while a header from Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was enough for Germany. Rather than point the finger at the defence, Hodgson believes the reason England lost the latter game was further up field.
“We’re going to have to play better and win matches,” he said. “Where the Germans were clearly better than us was in their passing and in their finishing around the final third. We let ourselves down in that area.”
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