Last September, three days before the FA was to fine him £220,000 and suspend him four matches for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, John Terry announced his retirement from international football.
“I am making this statement today in advance of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable,” he said at the time. (BBC)
In July the Chelsea defender had been cleared of the racial allegations at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, but the FA, in their own investigation, would arrive at the opposite decision.
And so Terry, 31 years old at the time and a veteran of 78 caps, retired from England duty.
But just seven months later, as Chelsea flew home from a Europa League match against Swiss champions Basel, Terry told reporters he would consider a return to the national setup. (Mirror)
Granted, his remarks weren’t taken all that seriously as he also stated Roy Hodgson would have to reach out to him before any possible comeback (Mirror), but the very fact he was entertaining a Three Lions return begged an obvious question: Should he be allowed to?
In the following five slides, we’ll look at reasons why Hodgson and England would be well advised to go forward without Terry.
Let’s get to it.