John Terry's England World Cup Hopes Shot Down by Roy Hodgson

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  England manager Roy Hodgson and John Terry during an England Training Session at London Colney on May 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Any notions of John Terry being recalled into England's World Cup squad were dismissed by manager Roy Hodgson who, when speaking in the wake of Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Germany, said that his side have "moved on."

Central defence has been an area of great transition for the Three Lions in recent years after Terry and Rio Ferdinand both called time on their international careers.

Ian Abrahams of talkSPORT confirmed Hodgson's reaction to the questions over the Chelsea man's return:

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hodgson said:

We've moved on from that. John retired. We've qualified with our 10 matches and 10 matches with Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka and we've seen a very good performance from Chris Smalling tonight.

I think it's important that we continue along those lines, continue looking forward and that we don't start panicking and looking backwards every time we have a reverse.

Terry won 78 caps for England during his nine-year international career but, as BBC Sport reported in 2012, retired after allegations of racial abuse against Ferdinand's brother, Anton, appeared to take their toll.

To put the absence of that experience into context, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, who have been the main figures at centre-back in the last year, have just 64 caps combined.

As the Sky Sports report suggests, England's loss to Joachim Low's side this week could have been greater were it not for a selection of fine saves from Joe Hart.

That being said, the English defence have been in good form during World Cup qualification and conceded just four goals in their 10 Group H outings, with only Spain—who played eight games—leaking fewer (three).

It's encouraging to hear Hodgson speak about squad progression and not wanting to turn to old figures. After all, it was with Terry at centre-back that England received some criticism for their 2010 World Cup campaign and were ousted from the tournament thanks to a 4-1 battering at the hands of Die Mannschaft.    

For now, at least, it seems the England boss will trust in the more youthful options at his disposal, maintaining focus on the future and not the past.