With the Euros this summer quickly approaching, Roy Hodgson finds himself with a shortage of defensive options. John Terry, who retired from international football in 2012, has seen his name brought up multiple times for a recall since but this summer, that move remains unlikely.
The Chelsea skipper retired in September of 2012, with his final appearance coming against Moldova.
Terry, 35, has 78 caps for his country and being one of the older players in the Premier League, he remains a quality defender. He has struggled with fitness and form this season but Hodgson mentioned the left-side centreback could be of use at this summer's Euros if he were to come out of international retirement.
When asked whether Terry fit the bill to play as the left-side centre-half, Hodgson said, "I'm not 100% certain that outside of John Terry, because he retired in 2012 he doesn't feature in my thinking often, there is anyone."
Terry unlikely to make England return
Hodgson did reveal he had a chat with the Chelsea captain the other day but it's unlikely he was able to convince the 35-year old to appear for England in the future.
With Terry not expected to return to the England fold, the centre-backs for this summer are expected to be: Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, John Stones and Phil Jagielka. While there are talented footballers in that group, it lacks leadership and a left-side player.
England could not only use Terry's ability but also his leadership. He captained his country during two stints and despite being stripped of the captaincy, he would be a key leader for the England side. A lack of talent at centre-back for England, at the 2014 World Cup and for the upcoming Euros in 2016, prompt the constant murmors of a John Terry recall but the fact is, it's highly unlikely.