As many Chelsea fans (and some England supporters too) feel that John Terry may have retired from international football far too early - he quit the England scene in September last year - a key member in the German football camp has expressed his view that Terry wouldn't have made it to Brazil in any case.
It was only last month that ex-England defender Ledley King called for Terry, 33, to come out of international retirement and 'stiffen up' his country's defence in next year's World Cup in Brazil.
The Chelsea Captain quit England after the Football Association banned him for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, but after consecutive defeats at Wembley to Chile and Germany, King is one of many who feel that Terry should reconsider his England position.
Terry has been in excellent form for his club this season, prompting Chelsea manager José Mourinho to suggest that Terry has a future at Stamford Bridge beyond the expiry of his current contract and he feels the defender may emulate Ryan Giggs and play on until he hits 40.
Urs Siegenthaler, the chief scout for the German national team - a man well-respected by his peers and admired for bringing more professionalism to the German set-up, has, however, expressed his view that Terry wouldn't have made it to Brazil even if he hadn't retired.
In an interview with German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, Siegenthaler suggests that experienced players of Terry's age could have tired legs after a long English season and would struggle to cope with the climate in Brazil. It is for that reason, Siegenthaler says, that the Chelsea player would probably have not been selected to make the journey even if he had made himself available for selection, although the German scout also believes that Terry may have been a good influence off the field for England.
What do you think ? Is England missing out in the absence of John Terry ? Is England's loss Chelsea's gain ?
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