Roy Hodgson has spoken to outcast John Terry amid England’s defensive problems.
And the Three Lions boss has admitted his team have still have not replaced their controversial former skipper, who quit international football shortly after Euro 2012 amid rows and recriminations after a major fallout with the Football Association.
Hodgson concedes defence is England’s biggest problem in the countdown to the Euro 2016 Finals – especially as they don’t have a left-sided defender among their four centre-halves.
Chelsea captain Terry, 35, still remains one of the best defenders in the Premier League while England have struggled to find a reliable back four.
Hodgson admits that Chris Smalling, John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill all being right footers is an issue and was quickly reminded there is one obvious left-sided English centre-back out there.
“John Terry is a left-sided centre-half, although not a left-sided player. He’s right-footed,” he said. “I had a long chat with John the other day, he’s a lovely fella….”
Hodgson and Terry bumped into each other earlier in the month at the London Football Awards.
There is no chance of Terry being recalled but his status as a left-sided English centre-back has not gone unnoticed. Hodgson said: “I’m not 100 per cent certain outside of John Terry (there are many left-sided centre-halves).
“Because he’s retired so long ago, he doesn’t feature in my thinking too often, but I can’t deny that is a valid point.”