With England qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil next summer, question marks over certain players and their potential inclusion in the contingent to travel to the tournament have already arisen.
One dilemma that has been spoken of in the press is that of Gary Cahill. The Chelsea centre-half has formed a partnership at national level with Phil Jagielka throughout England’s qualifying campaign, but Cahill’s place at club level is under threat.
Jose Mourinho has recently admitted that John Terry and David Luiz are his first-choice central defenders, and as such Cahill can expect to spend prolonged periods on the sidelines.
“Gary Cahill hasn’t been in the starting XI for Chelsea and I think Jose [Mourinho] prefers David Luiz and John Terry, who I must say if Roy could have a little chat with [him, he should because] he was absolutely superb yesterday against Cardiff,” the former Blues coach said.
“I don’t think we are blessed with too many centre-halves and if we could persuade John to have another go at [playing for England he should]; he was superb yesterday.”
Centre-half is one of the areas that England are lacking long-standing experience, and as such there is certainly a case for Terry’s reintroduction.
The Chelsea skipper has played at the top level for club and country throughout his career, and that experience could well be invaluable in an international tournament. Terry’s inclusion would add another leader to the England side, in an area that has the least experienced players.
On current form, if Hodgson had everyone available to select from, Terry would certainly be in the squad and probably the starting XI. The Chelsea man has had a colourful past when it comes to the national team and its captaincy, but if England are insistent on reaching the latter stages of the tournament, Hodgson must select the best possible players available to him.
Whether Terry would consider ending his international exile remains to be seen. The outspoken Chelsea man left the national set-up on questionable terms after a fallout with the FA, and it is clear that there would need to be some apologising from the organisation’s perspective.
Whether or not this will happen is doubtful, but surely Terry would relish the opportunity to represent his country at one final major tournament.
Should Terry be brought back into the England fold?
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