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Hodgson: Terry's England career over

England manager Roy Hodgson has put an end to speculation about John Terry returning for the World Cup, insisting the Chelsea defender's international career is over.

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Terry, 33, brought an end to his Three Lions playing days in September 2012, but there had been calls for the former captain to be re-introduced to the international side ahead of this summer’s tournament in Brazil.

However, Hodgson says England have moved on since Terry’s retirement, and has quashed talk of a possible comeback for the centre-back, despite his consistent performances for Chelsea this season.

"I have nothing more to say than I have already said. John has retired and as far as I am concerned that is the situation," he said. 

“We have got along without him for the whole of the qualification and a few friendly matches as well so we will have to get along without him in the future.

"As far as I am concerned, retirement is retirement. You respect that when players retire and 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."

Terry, who has made 31 appearances for Chelsea this season, won 78 caps for England.


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