Recalling John Terry for England‘s World Cup squad would be a big mistake by Roy Hodgson. Terry may be currently one of the most in-form defenders in the Premier League, but sometimes you have to look at other factors. His place in the current England side would give a certain quality and experience compared to what is available, but it’s not worth it.
How many times do you hear and read opinions where the view is that England should look to build for the future? The reason for that idea is simply because the squad of recent tournaments is reaching its final period. The likes of Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole are preparing for their final World Cup. Terry is among that group of players who have no long-term future. He’s had his best day.
England know and have admitted that they are more than outsiders for a chance at success in Brazil later this year. Therefore, why would recalling a man with many reasons against his inclusion be a better option than turning towards the young talents such as Phil Jones?
Terry clearly has a sour relationship with the FA. They effectively expelled him from the England national squad when his Anton Ferdinand racism case was ongoing. Why recall someone who will bring conflict with him?
Terry hasn’t been a part of the group of players that Roy Hodgson has worked with to reach the 2014 World Cup, and I don’t see why he has to be at any point in the future. It would be a repeat of the embarrassing recall of Jamie Carragher for the 2010 World Cup. Fabio Capello made a last-ditch attempt to call up some older faces who hadn’t been ready or willing to help, but then happily stepped up to the plate for the tournament.
That didn’t please fans of England, and it is likely only a minority will truly want to see Terry’s face representing their nation for yet another major tournament.
You could also add that Terry has made more than enough mistakes and been given more than enough chances. I’m not sure performing well for club for just over half a season really warrants a place in a World Cup over those who earned their place, or those who will be the best option in 2018.