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Terry to accept England role as FA bid to build bridges

By Jack Austin

The FA are looking to make amends with former England captain John Terry by inviting him to help coach the country's youth teams. Midfield duo Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have already been asked to join and it has been revealed Terry will be the latest member of England's 'golden generation' to be recruited to help mould the stars of the future.

New Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is keen to involve as many ex-senior players as possible in his coaching set-up, albeit on a part-time basis, and in return the FA will grant them a fast-track route to achieving their Uefa Pro Licences.

The move represents a significant attempt by the FA to heal the rift with Terry, who is already studying for his coaching badges, after he was stripped of the captaincy while awaiting trial for the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was cleared in court but subsequently found guilty by the FA and retired from international football after the Euro 2012 finals, feeling he had been treated poorly.

The incident led to the resignation of Fabio Capello months before the Euros after he tried to reinstate Terry as captain but was refused the permission to do so.

Terry, who won 78 caps for England, turned 36 on Wednesday and will be out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season - and is aware that accepting the FA's offer will enhance his prospects of becoming a manager.

He is also believed to be more open to the offer given that the chairman and chief executive of the FA have both changed since his retirement from international duty.

The FA are also understood to have been in contact with David Beckham, Ashley Cole and Gary and Phil Neville.

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