Roy Hodgson’s memory may be a bit longer than English soccer supporters, as the English national team manager has said he’s not interested in discussing a return to international football for in-form Chelsea back John Terry.
Terry’s currently rated the 11th-best player in the Premier League by advanced stats side Squawka, and is performing well for Jose Mourinho’s side. The Chelsea manager even called him the best back in English football.
Terry retired from international football in 2012 after a 78-cap career was cut a bit short for a number of reasons. There was the stripping of his captaincy amid reports of a slimy personal life that ignore the bonds of team play. Then, allegations of his racial abuse toward Anton Ferdinand that earned him a four-match ban from the FA.
Now the media is asking why he can’t come back to the England team. Well, here’s Hodgson’s reply:
“John has retired. As far as I’m concerned, that is the situation. We’ve got along without him for the whole of the qualification and quite a few friendly matches, and we’ll have to get along without him in the future. As far as I’m concerned, retirement is retirement.”
So there’s that.
England has over-performed at the international level for some time, and overlooking Terry is a risk for Hodgson. There’s unavailability of players by choice and injury. Then there’s dismissing outright a player, controversial or not, in strong form.
What’s your take?