Hodgson wants Terry to return for England
England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he hopes John Terry is cleared of the FA charge of using raciallly offensive language. He wants to be free to include the Chelsea defender in his plans for future squads.
Terry was excluded from the makeshift England squad for the friendly against Italy, with the charge hanging over him. Hodgson made it clear though that Terry’s international career was not over.
"I'm hoping, and I make no secret of that, the case will take its course," Hodgson said, "and that John, hopefully, will be freed as he was freed in a court of law, and will carry on playing for England. I thought John did well in the Euros and I'd like to keep using him, but this is a case which is way out of my hands. John understands that."
England have important World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September, and are short of experienced defenders. It is clear that Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand in unlikely to get a recall under Hodgson.
Elsewhere Hodgson is hoping to reinvigorate England with an influx of youth, although he admits that this could mean getting into the habit of picking young players who aren’t first-team regulars with their clubs. "I'll be honest: I think this year there'll be quite a few times I have to select players who won't be in their club team," he said, citing Manchester City's new signing Jack Rodwell as an example.
Tom Cleverley, one of the few players who had a reasonable Olympics in Team GB, might also look forward to more opportunities in the England set-up than with Manchester United.