There have been growing calls for Chelsea skipper John Terry to return to the international fold this summer ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, and that has all been down to the excellent form displayed by the player.
The defender has been a Chelsea lynchpin this season and has been hailed by Jose Mourinho ahead of the crunch clash against Atletico Madrid as being just as good as when they worked together the first time.
Terry’s troubles on and off the field have been well documented and the fact that he was stripped of the England captaincy and handed a four game ban by the Football Association after being found not guilty in court of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand still clearly rankles.
The Blues defender was asked about a potential return to Roy Hodgson’s squad this summer and moved to rubbish claims. He noted: ‘100 per cent I’m going to be on my holidays this summer, I’ve made that very clear,
‘My feelings are very strong on it, maybe people don’t realise that.’
Of course, it is one thing to want Terry back in the side – especially given his partnership with Gary Cahill this season – but it is another all together for the player himself to actually want to play for his country again after everything that has happened.
Terry evidently still feels wronged by the FA and indeed the fact that he was humiliated so publically and rightly or wrongly, will refuse any talk of an England recall because of it.
Another point to mention is obviously the fact that his fellow Chelsea teammates may be all sweetness and light with him, but the rest of the league – and thus his international colleagues – is another matter entirely.
The PFA team of the year illustrated in no uncertain terms that Terry will never quite recover in the eyes of his fellow professionals and that certainly calls into question the politics and wider effects that a recall to the national side would bring.
Another point raised against the inclusion of Terry would be the ‘look to the future’ argument, but realistically if squad selection was done on merit alone, there is not another defender in Europe that comes close to Terry this term, old or young.
Not to mention the fact that when it comes to England alone, it is certainly the case of slim pickings and the best of a bad bunch.
This is of course a moot point now, with Terry himself making it clear the only way he will be involved in the World Cup this summer is as a spectator.
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