Chelsea latest: Hodgson makes Terry decision, Blues depleted for City clash, more

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All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including injury update on the upcoming FA Cup match against Manchester City.

Amid speculation that Chelsea centre back John Terry was playing his way back into contention for a role with the English national football team, Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has released a statement indicating that such a move would be unlikely - 'retirement is retirement'.

He told BBC Sport: 'The door isn't open because he has retired from international football. 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.

'John has retired and as far as I am concerned that is the situation. We have got along without him for the whole of the qualification and a few friendlies as well so we will have to get along without him in the future.'

On paper and on the field, the best defensive partnership England could possibly field is arguably the one at Stamford Bridge, formed by Gary Cahill and Terry, a player who makes a defensive contribution on average every six minutes he is on a Premier League pitch (Terry's defensive strength throughout this season is explore more here).

It is also a partnership manager Jose Mourinho may well be without when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, as The Independent report that both players may be absent.

Meanwhile, star attacker Eden Hazard has reflected on the club's recent draw with West Bromwich Albion and told the official website that every point counts: 'It was a puzzling game. At 1-0 I thought we were managing the match well but we couldn't get the second goal which would have given us protection and then the game became difficult but it's still a point even if many people are disappointed. I think this is a point that will count.'

And finally, Chelsea loan star Romelu Lukaku instagrammed his rehabbing…

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