England boss Roy Hodgson rules out John Terry’s return to national team
England coach Roy Hodgson has dismissed the idea of recalling defender John Terry to the national squad. John Terry, who retired from international football in 2012, has been unable to find form and has struggled with injuries this season.
Roy Hodgson is still without a permanent replacement for John Terry, however the lack of experienced defenders in the England squad hasn’t forced Roy Hodgson to consider recalling John Terry.
The Three Lions boss deployed Chris Smalling And Joleon Lescott as center-backs for England in the World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday. England won the game 8-0, which is why Roy Hodgson might go for the same partnership against Montenegro as well.
“The fact is John Terry has retired from international football, a decision I have respected,” Roy Hodgson said. “I think it's wrong for people to ask for people to consistently come back. I'm working with a group of players here and we've had quite a lot of games here since John retired.
“Where do we stop? Should Michael Owen come out of retirement every time we can't score a goal? Let's stick really to the guys playing regularly every week. I've got great respect for John Terry and he did a fantastic job during Euro 2012. But circumstances contrived against me in that respect and he felt the need to retire, so let's respect that.
“And let's also show some respect for the young Chris Smalling and the not-so-young but well-tried-and-tested Joleon Lescott. Because Joleon Lescott's at Manchester City, he's a champion of England; Chris Smalling is playing for Manchester United.
“I'm not exactly putting a couple of players from non-league football out there on Tuesday night against Montenegro. And I think we should show them a bit more respect and not constantly compare them.
“Maybe while we're talking about John we could maybe talk about Roy McFarland and Colin Todd. How far back do you want us to go?”
England’s defensive line was left in a bit of dilemma after Rio Ferdinand decided to quit the team because of his personal fitness program. Newcastle United’s Steven Taylor and Tottenham Hotspur’s Steven Caulker have been added to England’s squad after Rio Ferdinand’s departure.