Amid the talk about whether or not Chelsea FC stalwarts Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard would be included in England’s World Cup squad, Mr. Chelsea himself John Terry has had to respond to rumors about his England future. With the form that Gary Cahill and Terry have been in for Chelsea this year, many England fans are clamoring for Terry to return to the Three Lions this summer. The two English centerbacks have built a wonderful chemistry together that has allowed Cahill to become a fantastic defender this year. While it seems like everything is set up for Terry to make his triumphant return, perhaps as a Premier League champion, he has come out and said that his England days are over.
Terry on Cahill and his move on from international football:
“My days are gone and it is down to Gary and the young boys to push on for our country, he seems to get better every day. He is great in the air and reads it well, he is quick and he is the man for England going forward and has been excellent for Chelsea. We have struck up a great relationship, since he came from Bolton not only on the pitch but off it too. We do love playing together and he made his debut for England with me. But a lot went on with myself and England. I love playing for my country, and I was very proud to do that and captain my country twice. Unfortunately things have changed and moved on, and I am concentrating on playing well and hopefully keeping us top of the league.”
Some Chelsea fans have argued that it has been Terry’s retirement from international football that has benefited him the most this season. The extra rest and recovery time during international breaks may have been crucial for him to remain mostly injury free this season. It would be hard to argue the point as Terry has looked years younger this season and has played to his usual high level after last year’s injury-riddled season. Though it would be fantastic to see Chelsea’s captain, leader, legend lead England to glory this summer, a few months rest would surely do him more good if he signs a contract extension.
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