Hodgson rejected England return for Chelsea’s Terry

FA chairman Greg Dyke offered to bring Chelsea captain John Terry back into the England fold, only for manager Roy Hodgson to reject the proposal, the Daily Mail has reported.

Dyke allegedly told Hodgson that if he wanted to take Terry to the World Cup, he could pave the way for the former skipper to return to the fold. Terry stepped away from international football in the aftermath of the incident with Anton Ferdinand, when Terry was cleared in court of racially abusing the then-Queens Park Rangers defender but charged by the FA.

Terry’s club colleague Gary Cahill is a regular in Hodgson’s England side but the chance to pair the duo at international level was turned down by Hodgson. Everton captain Phil Jagielka is usually Cahill’s England partner.

Chelsea have conceded only 26 league goals this season, the lowest total of the Premier League, with Terry and Cahill regular fixtures in the Blues’ backline.

Terry won 78 caps for England, making his debut in June 2003. He was appointed captain first by Steve McClaren in 2006 but stripped of the armband in 2010 by Fabio Capello. Capello then re-appointed Terry as captain, but the FA took the captaincy from Terry after the Ferdinand incident, Capello resigning as a result.

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