Hodgson closes the door on Terry

  • Last Updated: February 13 2014, 7:10 GMT

Roy Hodgson made a concerted effort to end any talk of John Terry coming out of international retirement on Wednesday.

Roy Hodgson: Terry is not in my plans
Roy Hodgson: Terry is not in my plans

Terry's form has been so good this year that Gary Lineker, among others, called for the Chelsea skipper to come back to the international fold.

Hodgson has become irritated on previous occasions when the prospect of Terry playing for England again was raised.

The England manager had the same problem two years ago when he was constantly quizzed about the idea of Rio Ferdinand returning to the fold, so an attempt was made on Wednesday to nip any talk of a Terry return in the bud.

"The door isn't open (for Terry) because he has retired from international football," the England boss said.

"John has retired and as far as I am concerned that is the situation."

Terry has enjoyed something of a renaissance since Jose Mourinho came back to Stamford Bridge.

His partnership with Gary Cahill has been particularly pleasing for the Chelsea boss and the club's fans.

But just to be clear on the matter, Hodgson offered a firm rebuttal when the idea of Terry returning was raised for a second time in a media briefing at Wembley.

"As far as I am concerned retirement is retirement," Hodgson said.

"You respect that when players retire, we move on.

"We moved on after our first qualification game when John Terry limped off and since that time we have chosen the players who are available who have represented us well in my opinion so we will continue with that.

"That is not to say he is not a good player and he is not playing well at the moment. Everyone knows he is, but he is in retirement and that is the end of the matter as far as I am concerned."

Another Chelsea player who has found his international future the subject of much talk recently has been Ashley Cole.

Cole has been an almost certain selection for club and country for the best part of the last decade, but Hodgson concedes the 33-year-old is now facing stiff competition from Leighton Baines and Southampton prospect Luke Shaw.

"It's a bit of a problem when you are a full back - you either play or you are an understudy," Hodgson said.

"For years people have been understudy to Ashley. Now it's Ashley's turn to sit back, but we know what Ashley can do.

"We know how fit he keeps himself, how experienced he is.

"I certainly wouldn't write Ashley Cole out of any plans because he wasn't playing in his club team. But he will have to accept like everyone else that competition for his place in the club team and international team gets stronger all the time, and I will have a decision to make."


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