Former coach: John Terry would play for England if...

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has backed John Terry to be in the England side at the World Cup if, and only if, the FA initiate talks with him.

The Chelsea skipper has been in outstanding form for Chelsea this season, and with the World Cup fast approaching, many are suggesting his inclusion in the England side is an absolute must. Despite the player continually ruling out an return to international football.

However, one man who knows him better than most, Ray Wilkins, has backed the Chelsea captain to make an England return if the FA ask him to.

Speaking to Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast yesterday, the former Fulham coach said: 'I think if the conversation was to be had then I think there is a possibility of changing [his mind].'

'John would probably go, he is very patriotic. I think the FA have to come to John. They won't want to do it but that is the way it has to be.

'John really has been exceptional this year. Him and Gary Cahill do have this fantastic relationship at the moment and it is such a great shame. John in the dressing room is a very powerful guy and he would be a major asset to England.'

The thoughts of Wilkins has been echoed by many supporters this season, as the Chelsea defensive duo have conceded just 24 goals in the Premier League.

Former French international David Ginola also commented on the situation, which he believes is a crying shame.

'Cahill and Terry would have been the perfect combination for England going to Brazil,' said Ginola.

'We are talking about quality, we are talking about experience, we are talking about so many things. The relationship between both, the way they move on the pitch, is really, really good. I think Roy Hodgson will miss that.'

'They're composed, strong, they move together from one side to the other, there is not a gap in between and they organise the midfield in front of them.

'John Terry is a proper captain and Gary Cahill is so comfortable on the ball.'

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