I'd have him back! Hodgson keeps door open for Terry… even if he's found guilty
21:30 GMT, 24 September 2012
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Roy Hodgson will not rule out a return for John Terry in the hope that the defender reverses his decision to retire from international football.
The England boss accepted Terry's decision to quit on the eve of the FA disciplinary hearing that started on Monday at Wembley.
But the message was clear, both from Hodgson and his employers, that the former captain could return even if found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
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Going home: John Terry leaves the FA headquarters at Wembley Stadium after day one of his racism hearing
Done for the day: Anton Ferdinand was also spotted leaving
Hodgson said: 'I'd like to thank
John Terry for his commitment to the England team since I became
manager. I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John's
international experience and exceptional ability. I have enjoyed a good
relationship with John and I reluctantly accept his decision.'
Terry accused the FA of making his
position 'untenable' after pursuing charges despite him being cleared in
court of a racially aggravated public order offence at Loftus Road last
The last cap: Terry lined up for England away in Moldova at the beginning of September where he won his 78th and final cap
But FA general secretary Alex Horne
said: 'I don't see how we've made it untenable. They're two very
separate processes. It's something that happened in a match between QPR
and Chelsea. That's a very different process, from my perspective, from
our England procedures.'
Hodgson's position may be influenced by the fact that Terry's absence puts him under pressure to recall Rio Ferdinand.
'Untenable': Terry criticised the FA in a statement
The England manager has had no
contact with the Manchester United centre back since omitting him from
his Euro 2012 squad, a decision made amid the chaos caused by the row
between Terry and Ferdinand's brother.
The squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland will be named towards the end of next week.
Flashpoint: The racism case is due to reach its conclusion this week
It is understood Ferdinand would not rule out a return, even if he has been left disappointed by Hodgson's loyalty to Terry.
On Monday, Terry came face-to-face
with Anton Ferdinand as the QPR defender gave his evidence to an
independent four-man panel that includes former England winger and now
qualified sports lawyer Stuart Ripley.
Ferdinand left just before midday,
with Terry remaining at Wembley until mid-afternoon. Terry is expected
back today, with a verdict not expected until tomorrow at the earliest.
He is convinced he will be found guilty, a belief that prompted his
decision to quit England on Sunday.
Only at Chelsea, where he will
continue as captain, does he feel he is being given backing. Chairman
Bruce Buck, who gave evidence in the trial at Westminster Magistrates
Court in July, forms part of Terry's defence at the FA hearing, as do
full backs Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand and former coach Ray Wilkins.
Busy summer: Terry attends his court case (above) a month on from playing for England at Euro 2012 (below)
Snub: Ferdinand refuses to shake Terry's hand in the recent meeting between Chelsea and QPR
JOHN TERRY FACTFILE
1980: December 7 – born in London.
1998: October 28 – Makes Chelsea debut against Aston Villa.
2001: September – One of four players fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea after their behaviour at a Heathrow hotel is criticised on the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
2002: Terry and Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris are cleared after being charged with assault and affray in connection with a nightclub incident. Terry, uncapped at the time, is ruled out of the World Cup after the Football Association decide he should not be considered for international duty with England until the legal case is completed.
2003: June 3 – Makes England debut as substitute against Serbia and Montenegro.
2006: August 10 – Chosen to replace David Beckham as England captain by head coach Steve McClaren.
2008: August 19 – Named as permanent captain of England by Fabio Capello.
2009: December 20 – Chelsea defend Terry after allegations he took secret cash payments to lay on a behind-the-scenes tour of the club's training ground.
2010: January 29: Named as the sportsman behind a gagging injunction involving his private life. A court order had previously been in place, covering an alleged relationship between married Terry and French model Vanessa Perroncel – a former partner of team-mate Wayne Bridge.
February 5 – Axed as England captain following a meeting with Capello.
2011: March 19 – Restored to the role of permanent England captain by Capello.
October 23 – Releases a statement denying he made a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR after videos had circulated on the internet.
December 21 – The Crown Prosecution Service announce Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and is due to appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012.
2012: February 3 – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello.
February 8 – Capello resigns as England manager two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.
July 13 – Cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's match against QPR in October last year.
July 27 – Charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Ferdinand. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.
September 23 – Announces his retirement from international football, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.
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