England return not on John Terry's mind
The former England skipper retired from the international game in September of 2012, after accusations of racism were laid against him. The FA banned Terry for four matches for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in October 2012, but the defender was later cleared of criminal charges regarding the matter.
Terry didn't feature much in Chelsea's campaign last year, but has been key and in form for Mourinho's side this season. Despite his form, he remains firm on his international retirement.
England Manager, Roy Hodgson, had this to say regarding Terry's play and the possibilities of his return to England. (via London Evening Standard)
"John retired a long time ago right at the very start of our qualifying campaign. We have played nine games without him. We have qualified without losing a game. So I think it is time for us to keep moving forward and not every time we lose a game start to turn back and turn back to someone who has been a fantastic player in the past."
England aren't exactly flowing with depth in regards to the center of defense. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones haven't played with thus far for Manchester United; however, Gary Cahill is having a good season.
It would be beneficial to have experience in this position to solidify England's back four. However it appears that Hodgson will have to pair the two most inform central defenders and hope that experience isn't vital to qualifying out of their extremely difficult group.
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