2 Mar 2015

John Terry rules out England return

Former England captain John Terry has ruled out an international return, but admits he misses big games at Wembley.

Terry, who retired from England duty in 2012, skippered Chelsea to League Cup success over Tottenham on Sunday.

Asked if he was considering an England return, Terry said: "No. But being back at Wembley, the atmosphere, the stadium - it's one of the best I've played in.
"But it's never crossed my mind to play for England again. I have drawn a line under it and the squad can move on."
Terry, 34, won 78 caps for his country but retired from international football in September 2012 when he was facing a Football Association disciplinary hearing after being accused of racially abusing then QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

He had been cleared of the offence at Westminster Magistrates Court two months previously but the FA subsequently found him guilty, banning him for four matches and fining him £220,000.
"I have missed it, playing in these big stadiums and in these competitions," added Terry, after Chelsea's 2-0 victory, which saw Blues boss Jose Mourinho claim his first trophy since returning for his second spell at the west London club.

"They started playing the national anthem before the game and I was going then."
Terry last played for England in a 5-0 win over Moldova in September 2012, in the opening game of the qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup.

Credit: BBC Sport


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