Ex-England boss praises Chelsea legend John Terry

Former England manager Fabio Capello believes that Chelsea legend John Terry is still England’s best defender, reports The Sun.

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The 34-year-old hasn’t played for the Three Lions since being accused of racism back in 2012, while Capello was in charge. Although he was cleared of wrongdoing by the police, the FA found him guilty and banned the centre-back for four matches. Terry had already retired from the national team before the hearing.

Teammate Gary Cahill, Everton’s Phil Jagielka, and Manchester United’s Phil Jones appear to be current manager Roy Hodgson’s choice centre-backs at the moment. However, his Italian predecessor seems to think that the former Liverpool boss should recall Terry – though did admit that the chances of Terry accepting were exceptionally unlikely.

He said: “He is still England’s best defender. It’s better to have a player like John Terry in your team than not have him. He’s had some really good performances for Chelsea this season. I had John Terry as a player with England and he was my problem with the chairman of the FA but now I’m happy he is still doing well.

“They decided he could not play and I didn’t understand because he was not guilty. When it happened I said to the chairman, ‘You’ve decided he’s guilty and he’s not been proven guilty’. Should they ask him to come back? That’s down to Roy Hodgson but I don’t think he will have the chance to play for England again.”

The 68-year-old was speaking at the Laureus World Sports awards in Shanghai, and is currently manager of the Russian national team.

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