Although new England manager Sam Allardyce raised a few eyebrows in his press conference this week by revealing that he would be open to recalling Chelsea captain John Terry to the England fold, The Telegraph reports today that Terry would not take up that opportunity if it was offered to him.
Terry, who is now 35 and a former England captain, is said to be keen to focus on prolonging his Chelsea career at this stage rather than returning to the national team.
It is only a couple of months since Terry signed a new one-year deal at Stamford Bridge, and the captain is now trying to prove his worth to new boss Antonio Conte in the hope that some good form and a display of his famous leadership skills will be enough to earn him a prolonged stay.
It is unlikely that Terry would make the next World Cup squad, however.
By the time the next tournament comes along, Terry would be 37 years of age. Although he has played both of Chelsea’s opening Premier League games, with the injury to Kurt Zouma and the fact that Antonio Conte seems to be running into problems with the recruitment of a new centre back, Terry could find himself having to fight hard to nail down a place in the Chelsea starting XI this season.