Clubmate confirms international non-starter.Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has said that there is no chance that teammate John Terry will be coming out of international retirement, the Daily Mail reports.
This weekend will mark the one year anniversary of Terry’s announcement to call time on his international career due to the fallout over his race row with former QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand in court, and would normally be the kind of man England could count upon when it came to crucial matches in unforgiving places like the Ukraine.
And with England managing to keep just two clean sheets during that time, Hodgson could be forgiven for being more than tempted to call the 32-year-old back out of the international wilderness.
Rumours abounded last season that the Stamford Bridge skipper was prepared to announce his availability for the three lions once again, but Cahill has dispelled that myth by claiming that it just won’t happen now.
“That decision has been made. He has moved on now,” Cahill said.
“I think that’s done and dusted. That decision has been made and that’s all history now. We know how well he did for his country and that’s that.”
However, Cahill has said that the side are still adjusting not only from Terry’s retirement, but that of Rio Ferdinand too.
‘They were two huge players and they retired at similar times so there had to be a transitional period and that’s what it is at the minute,” the Chelsea defender said.
“We have some quality centre-backs as well, but when two big names, two big top-class centre-halves come out of the set up there is that worry. People are always going to talk about it.”