Would calling up John Terry be the ultimate backwards step for the England national side?
He may be held in high regard for his career achievements and still command a place at the heart of the Chelsea back four – but is he really deserving of a recall to represent his country or would it be seen as a panic move by new boss, Sam Allardyce.
John Terry has always been a controversial figure dividing opinion.
His personal life has often been the subject of debate having had an affair with a team-mate’s wife; been involved in a race row with professional footballer and former family friend, as well as numerous other offences involving financial gain. He is highly unpopular outside of West London.
Now we have that out of the way, it is time to forget John Terry the person and ask if John Terry the defender still good enough and the correct choice to play for England.
To put it simply; no.
Terry, like Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Tony Adams and other great central defenders of recent times, is on an obvious decline. Age takes its toll and whilst defenders often go on longer than attackers, they do eventually have a sell by date.
At club level, it is no secret that new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is on the lookout for a new central defender.
Of course it can be argued that the new player will play alongside Terry; yet those with a realistic view accept it is more likely to replace Mr. Chelsea in the long run.
Previous England managers have always been accused of picking their favourites no matter what form they are in.Terry Venables had Alan Shearer. Sven Goran Eriksson had David Beckham. Roy Hodgson had Jordan Henderson.
Whilst two of those three were world class and eventually justified the manager’s decision to stick with them; it can only be assumed Henderson will not be seen in or around the England squad again now Hodgson has gone; and this should be the case for a number of those who have pulled on the shirt in recent years.
Perhaps new boss Sam Allardyce will make John Terry his go-to guy due to the lack of top quality English central defenders available and the experience man could offer a lot of help to the next big thing, £50m man John Stones.
Naturally we all await Allardyce’s squad selection to see if he makes any big changes or call ups – but ideally this will not include Terry who will be 37 by the time the next World Cup comes around.
Roy Hodgson was brave enough to pick a young squad full of potential, but his mistake was using them incorrectly.
Allardyce doesn’t need to reinvent the squad. There are a group available that are good enough to compete; it is just about managing them the correct way.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t include John Terry.