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John Terry wants to return to the England squad

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John Terry is willing to return to the England squad. Reports suggest that the former captain, who retired from international football last September after the FA pursued disciplinary action against him for the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, has changed his mind and wants a recall. Manager Roy Hodgson stood by Terry and picked him for last summer's European Championships but the player felt the FA had acted unfairly after he had been cleared at Westminster magistrates' court.

Now it seems that the Chelsea defender wants one more crack at a major tournament, although England's qualification for the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 is far from assured. Terry still holds a grievance against the FA, demonstrated by his refusal to shake hands with FA chairman David Bernstein at a UEFA event recently, but has no such problems with Hodgson.

Terry's availability gives Hodgson another dilemma. The manager recently had the farcical experience of recalling Rio Ferdinand to the squad only for the Manchester United defender to decide he didn't want to disrupt his own diary plans in order to play for England. Terry watched England struggle with reserve centre backs in the recent qualifiers.

England have high-profile friendlies lined up against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil at the end of May and beginning of June, which might be an opportunity to reintroduce Terry to international football, if the various interested parties, including Chelsea, the FA and Hodgson himself are conducive to the idea. Much may depend on the fitness of other players. For Hodgson the best option must still be to develop a defence that no longer has a need of the controversial veteran.

It is typical of Terry's self-belief that he still considers himself worhy of an international call-up after an indifferent season with Chelsea in which he has not been an automatic choice for the club manager Rafael Benitez.

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