Ex-England manager Steve McClaren insists the form of John Terry should be the deciding factor in him returning to the national squad.
The Chelsea captain is considering ending his international exile with the hope he can make the first-team for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
Terry announced his retirement from the international game last September just before his hearing for a Football Association charge of allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
After being cleared, Terry was then banned for four matches and fined £220,000 which seemed to put an end to his international career. England boss Roy Hodgson has looked for other options at centre-back, with Rio Ferdinand rejecting the call-up last month in controversial circumstances.
Steve McClaren understands the political issues which could be raised should Terry earn another call-up, but he believes it should come down to form, on whether Terry should be reconsiderd for internationals in the future.
McClaren said: “You look at what’s happened off the field, what’s happened in the squad, internally what can happen, but also it’s form as well.
“John Terry also is progressing in age and Chelsea are rotating him, so it’s purely on form and Roy Hodgson looking ahead to the future.”
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