Terry's England U-turn! Disgraced former captain wants to play in World Cup
ahead of Ferdinand, can pick the pair for the fixtures against the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and the trip to Brazil on June 2.
Terry’s U-turn comes days after he snubbed outgoing FA chairman David Bernstein at the Champions League handover in London.
Bernstein took the England armband away from Terry during a phone call last February after it was announced Terry would stand trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court over the incident with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011.
Moving on: Terry is prepared to play with Rio Ferdinand despite his clash with Anton Ferdinand (below)
The FA chairman’s handling of the
affair led to Fabio Capello quitting as England head coach four months
before the start of Euro 2012.
But Terry, 32, is ready to end his self-imposed international exile, despite the bad blood with Bernstein.
He announced his international retirement on the eve of the FA hearing into claims that he used ‘abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour’ towards Anton Ferdinand.
Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month
Terry had already been cleared by
Westminster Magistrates’ Court, but an independent FA commission found
him guilty, banning him for four matches and fining him 220,000.
The Chelsea skipper apologised for his inappropriate language in a statement that day and vowed to clean up his act.
last game for England was as a substitute in the 5-0 victory over
Moldova in a World Cup qualifier in September. He served a four-match
domestic ban for the Anton Ferdinand affair, but the FA did not impose
an international ban because the defender had already decided to quit
Retrospective action from the FA now would raise the argument that he is being punished twice for the same offence.
Hodgson is spending a few days away, but the development will be a surprise to him. He recalled West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster to the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro last month after persuading him out of international retirement.
Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season
England’s manager selected Terry ahead of Rio Ferdinand for Euro 2012.
The Chelsea defender, who has a year left on a 150,000-a-week deal, has admitted his club future is in doubt after nearly 15 years at Stamford Bridge. He has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season.
‘I’m not in the strongest position to go knocking on the door and I understand I can’t be around forever,’ he said.
‘Wherever I go after Chelsea it certainly wouldn’t be in England. I couldn’t do that to Chelsea or the fans, that’s just not me.
‘My future depends on who the manager is next season, but I’ll wait for the club. I’ve got a great relationship with the guys who make those decisions.’