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Hodgson kills off hopes of Terry recall

By Paul Hirst

England manager Roy Hodgson has slammed the door shut on the idea of John Terry coming out of international retirement.

Former captain Terry retired from England duty in September 2012, accusing the Football Association of making his position "untenable" after it pursued a claim of racism against him.

Terry's form has been so good this year that Gary Lineker, among others, called for the Chelsea skipper to come back to the international fold.

Hodgson has repeatedly insisted Terry will not be considered for international selection and the England manager reaffirmed that stance yesterday.

"The door isn't open (for Terry) because he has retired from international football," Hodgson said.

"John has retired and as far as I am concerned that is the situation."

Terry has enjoyed a renaissance since Jose Mourinho came back to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as manager.

The 33-year-old's partnership with Gary Cahill has been particularly pleasing for the Chelsea boss and the club's fans.

Lineker led the calls for Terry's reintegration on Twitter last week when he posted: "Must be hugely tempting for Roy Hodgson to pick up the phone to John Terry. Solid regular partnership with (Gary) Cahill. Best option by far."

But just to be clear on the matter, Hodgson offered a firm rebuttal when the idea of Terry returning was raised for a second time in a media briefing at Wembley.

"As far as I am concerned, retirement is retirement," Hodgson said. "You respect that when players retire, we move on.

"We moved on after our first qualification game when John Terry limped off and since that time we have chosen the players who are available, who have represented us well in my opinion, so we will continue with that. That is not to say he is not a good player and he is not playing well at the moment. Everyone knows he is, but he is in retirement."

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