Former England star Tony Adams believes that England’s defence at the World Cup will be too weak without Chelsea’s John Terry.

The former Three Lions captain didn’t make the final 23-man squad chosen by Roy Hodgson earlier this week, after a turbulent spell saw him retire from international duty in 2012.

Despite being 33 Terry was one of the Premier League’s top defenders last season, forming a formidable partnership with Gary Cahill.

With the latter set to be a key cog in England’s backline in Brazil, many called for the veteran Chelsea captain to be welcomed back into the set-up.

However Hodgson opted against taking Terry, and Adams believes that he has made a mistake:

“England’s defence really worries me,” he told talkSPORT.

“The back four isn’t good enough to keep clean sheets against the top countries in the world. That’s where we’ll fall down.

“The defence is our one weakness and I have major concerns. They should find John Terry and fly him out.”

Another high-profile exclusion was Ashley Cole, and Adams again feels that Hodgson made an error:

“Roy Hodgson’s made a mistake not taking Ashley Cole,” he said. “He’s the best left-back in the country.

“Over the course of a season he might not be on top, but for just seven games, he’d be great.

“You need all the experience you can get at a World Cup. Leaving him at home was a mistake for me.”

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