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John Terry 'not planning England return'

November 21, 2013
By ESPN staff,

John Terry will not come out of international retirement and is fully focused on his career with Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

John Terry
PA PhotosTerry has been restored to first-choice at Chelsea under Mourinho.

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Terry, 32, retired from the England team in September last year after featuring for Hodgson during England's Euro 2012 campaign.

The last of Terry’s 78 England appearances came against Moldova in a World Cup qualifier before he was banned by the FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, despite him being found not guilty by a magistrate's court for the same incident.

Following back-to-back defeats at Wembley for the first time since 1977 against Chile and Germany over the past week, former England defender Danny Mills had suggested the former England captain could be called upon to return -- a suggestion which was ruled out by manager Roy Hodgson.

Terry is enjoying a spell of rejuvenated form this season at Stamford Bridge -- starting all 11 of their Premier League fixtures since Jose Mourinho began his second spell as manager -- and the Daily Mail reports that the centre-back is only thinking about his club career.

"John only wants to concentrate on Chelsea," a source close to the player is quoted as saying. "He is in good form, is fit and doing well.

"He has retired from international football and has no plans to change that."

When asked about the prospect of Terry returning following the loss to Germany, Hodgson was also quick to rule it out.

"We’ve moved on from that," he said. "John retired.

"We’ve qualified with our 10 matches and 10 matches with [Gary] Cahill and [Phil] Jagielka. And we’ve seen a very good performance from Chris Smalling.

"I think it’s important that we continue along those lines, continue looking forward and that we don’t start panicking and looking backwards every time we have a reverse."

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