John Terry entered international retirement back in 2012 and England head coach Roy Hodgson won't ask him to return.
The Chelsea defender has become a hot topic with the World Cup on the horizon due to his good form at the Premier League level. Hodgson, however, made it clear he believes the retirement was final and has no intentions of approaching Terry to reconsider his stance.
Daniel Taylor of The Guardian provided comments from the longtime international and club manager about the matter:
John has retired. As far as I'm concerned that is the situation. We've got along with him for the whole of the qualification, and quite a few friendly matches, and we'll have to get along without him in the future. As far as I'm concerned retirement is retirement.
The England boss also gave off a positive vibe about the defensive group that has stepped up since Terry walked away. None of the recent call-ups aside from Ashley Cole can match the Blues star's international experience, but they were good enough to secure a World Cup berth. He said:
You respect that when players retire. We move on. We moved on after the first qualification game when John Terry limped off [against Moldova]. Since that time we have got on with it and have chosen the players who are available, who have represented us well in my opinion and so we'll continue with that.
The only reason it's a topic of conversation is because Terry has played extremely well at times for Chelsea this season. His experience would be a plus, but it's the good form that has brought him back to the forefront despite retiring.
He has been a stabilizing force for the Premier League leaders. His absence from the lineup during Tuesday's draw with West Brom was noticeable, as Mark Donaldson of ESPN pointed out:
He's not everybody's cup of tea, but Chelsea are missing John Terry's ability to organise this defence.— Mark Donaldson (@DonaldsonESPN) February 11, 2014
Hodgson is still planning to move forward without Terry in the mix, though. The report from The Guardian does note it's unclear what would happen if the center-back made an announcement that he wanted to rejoin the team for the World Cup.
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Assuming that doesn't happen, England will probably move forward with some type of combination of Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott in the middle of defense. Of course, the injury situation could change that before the summer.
It also displays the importance of Joe Hart rediscovering top form. The Manchester City goalkeeper was supposed to fill the void, but has gone through some issues of his own during the current campaign. With questions along the back line, he'll need to step up in Brazil for England to make a deep run.
Although it's possible Terry's status could change again over the next four months, Hodgson is clearly ready to move forward without him.