John Terry deserves an England re-call

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Chelsea star simply too good to ignore?

Date: 23rd January 2014 at 6:28pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Traditionally, the England national team's biggest strength has always been at the heart of defence. At the 2010 World Cup, Fabio Capello took John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ledley King, Jamie Carragher and Matthew Upson. A few years earlier, Jonathan Woodgate and Sol Campbell would also have been added to that high-quality list. Yes, for a country that hasn't claimed an international accolade in two years short of half a century, we've been spoilt rotten when it comes to talented central defenders. Glenn Hoddle once claimed England have been at their best over the  last thirty years when playing with three at the back, and you can certainly understand why that might be the case. But that option isn't open to Roy Hodgson right now, due to the fact that only three centre-backs he's used in an England capacity over the last twelve months have represented their country on twenty occasions or more, and one of those - Joleon Lescott - has made just seven Premier League appearances since the summer. Following that, the England boss has the likes of Steven Taylor, Steven Caulker, Michael Dawson, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at his disposal, some of which aren't even automatic choices at club level. This will be the first World Cup since I've been old enough to remember that the centre-back department is decisively England's weakest link in terms of experience, quality and depth. When you consider the attacking prowess the likes of Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Germany possess, the partnership of ... Read More


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