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Jose Mourinho Has Not Spoken to John Terry About Possible England Return

by Steven Green

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confessed that he has not spoken to club captain John Terry about making a return to the England national team, Sky Sports reports.

Terry retired from international duty last year in the wake of the Anton Ferdinand affair, but his rejuvenated form has been keeping Gary Cahill out of the side. Ironically, Cahill is now a regular England starter in Terry absence.

However, despite his good performances so far, Mourinho has confirmed that he is yet to speak to his captain about the possibility of returning to the national side.

“I’ve not spoken with him about it (England). I just tried to recover his status as an important player. When a player plays for a big team it’s because he’s good enough to,” Mourinho said.

“Rio Ferdinand plays for Manchester United. If he plays for Man United, he’s ready for the national team.

“John Terry. When you play for a big team, you are ready for the national team.

“But the problems that ended with the player stopping to go to the national team, that’s not my problem, that’s not David Moyes’ problem, that’s not a manager’s problem. It’s a personal thing.”

Terry has been given a shot in the arm by Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge after he saw his form suffer under interim coach Rafa Benitez last season, who preferred Branislav Ivanovic at the back instead.

“He had a bad season,” said Mourinho, who views Ivanovic as a right-back. “Sometimes self-esteem is a bit attacked. In this moment he is fine.

“It doesn’t mean he will always be first choice with me, but he knows that I trust and am happy with the way he’s performing.”

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