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Apr 27, 2013

Terry linked with England return

Chelsea captain John Terry is considering a return to international football, according to reports in the English press.

• Gallery: Terry and England Photo Gallery

Terry, 32, announced his retirement from England duty last September, citing a breakdown in his relationship with the FA just before it handed him a four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, despite the former Three Lions skipper being cleared of the offence by a magistrates' court.

The centre-back's influence and playing time have diminished at club level this season, with ongoing fitness concerns hampering his campaign. But with England struggling for defensive reinforcements in recent World Cup qualifiers, Terry is now reportedly open to the prospect of returning to international football, in a bid to help Roy Hodgson's side reach next year's finals in Brazil.

Terry remains confident in his ability, claiming he is just as capable a player as when he wore the armband for his country. Following the 2-1 Europa League semi-final win at Basel, the defender was asked if he is still as good a player after a decade of repelling the world's leading strikers. "Yes, I personally think that," he responded.

"This year's been really frustrating for me, not playing and picking up the (knee) injury (against Liverpool in November). Initially it looked (like an absence of) two or three weeks, it turned out to be three or four months.

"I don't want to talk out of turn, but I'd love to stay at Chelsea. I'm happy to leave things until they come to me. I've got another year left and I'll definitely be here next year.

"It would be nice to get some silverware, get the season out of the way and maybe talk contracts in the summer."

Terry also insists he cannot see himself playing against Chelsea at any stage in his career, suggesting a move abroad may lie in his near future.

"It might be another year, or another two, I don't know," Terry added. "It depends on my fitness and me staying in a good enough condition to impress the guys who make those decisions. I have got another year left which I will honour and respect, regardless if it's a yes or a no.

"Naturally it would be disappointing (to leave), but at the same time you understand that you can't be around forever. Where I would go after that it certainly wouldn't be in England. I couldn't do that to Chelsea or the fans. That's just not me."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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