Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terry Will Not Return to England Side, Insists Hodgson

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terry Will Not Return to England Side, Insists Hodgson

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ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson has slammed the door shut on the idea of John Terry coming out of international retirement. Former captain Terry retired from England duty in September 2012, accusing the Football Association of making his position "untenable" after it pursued a claim of racism against him.

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 repeatedly insisted Terry will not be considered for international selection and the England manager reaffirmed that stance on Wednesday.

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

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

Terry has enjoyed a renaissance since Jose Mourinho came back to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as manager. The 33-year-old's partnership with Gary Cahill has been particularly pleasing for the Chelsea boss and the club's fans.

Lineker led the calls for Terry's reintegration on Twitter last week when he posted: "Must be hugely tempting for Roy Hodgson to pick up the phone to John Terry. Solid regular partnership with (Gary) Cahill. Best option by far."

But 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 quali-fication 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; that is the end of the matter as far as I'm concerned."

One Chelsea player who seems to have gone backwards under Mourinho is left-back Ashley Cole.

Cole had been a near ever-present in the Chelsea defence for seven years, but this term he has lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta, who normally operates at right-back. …

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