Phil Jagielka believes it is only John Terry himself who can decide whether he wants to return to international football for England, writes Sky
Terry has made an impressive start to the 2013-14 campaign with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, and it has been suggested that the 32-year-old could be tempted to return playing for the Three Lions.
The Blues skipper retired from international football after the Football Association’s handling of the race row with Anton Ferdinand in 2012, leaving the defender on 78 caps.
Jagielka, who has found himself more of a regular under Roy Hodgson, says he would welcome Terry’s return ahead of England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany.
“If JT feels that’s what he wants to do, it’s up to him,” Jagielka said. “He’s playing well for Chelsea at the moment, so anything’s possible. Obviously it was his decision to leave in the first place and it can only be his decision to come back.
“The manager will know who he wants and who he doesn’t want and a lot can happen even after the next two games. If you do get a chance to play, you’ll want to play well and put down a marker.
“I don’t think the scrap for starting positions starts quite yet. That will probably start towards the end of the season,” Jagielka added.
Hogson’s side host Chile on Friday evening, before the visit of Germany on Tuesday to begin their preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
Terry has been a part of all 11 Premier League matches for Chelsea this season, scoring one goal for the side, who currently sit fourth with 21 points.
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