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Greg Dyke announced as new FA Chairman

Former Man United director Dyke voted as new FA chairman, replacing outgoing Bernstein

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

11:30 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:54 GMT, 21 March 2013

Former Manchester United director and TV mogul Greg Dyke has been voted through as the next FA chairman, replacing the outgoing incumbent David Bernstein.

Dyke, 65, will replace Bernstein when he leaves the post after two-and-a-half years in July – and takes the helm from Saturday July 13.

Dyke told the FA website: 'Football has always been a big part of my life whether playing 11-a-side on Sunday mornings or six-a-side on Thursday evenings.

Main man: Former United director Dyke will take the helm at the FA

Main man: Former United director Dyke will take the helm at the FA

'I was brought up in a household where my father was much more interested in whether or not you had won at football than whether you had passed your exams. In my case that was just as well.

'I still turn out to play six-a-side some Thursday evenings although at my age I seem to spend more time injured than playing.

'I supported my local team Brentford as a kid where my elder brother was a junior, watched York City while at university and followed Manchester United whenever I could.

'I got involved in how the game was run
when I was first involved in buying sports rights as Chairman of ITV
Sport in the late eighties and later at the BBC.

Game over: Bernstein's (left) tenure at the FA will soon come to an end

Game over: Bernstein's (left) tenure at the FA will soon come to an end

'I learnt a lot in the years when I was on the Board of Manchester United and have seen the other side of the professional game at Brentford.'

The FA said in a statement: 'The Football Association Board has today unanimously approved the nomination for Greg Dyke to be appointed independent FA chairman.

'Dyke, 65, will take over as chairman from David Bernstein when he leaves the post after two-and-a-half years in July – subject to approval by the FA council. The appointment will take effect from Saturday, July 13.

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford – where he became non-executive chairman in 2006

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford

'This follows a recruitment process led
by FA independent director Roger Devlin (chairman of the nominations
committee) with fellow board members Roger Burden and Keith Lamb.

'In a high-profile broadcasting industry career, Dyke has worked as director general of the BBC and managing director of London Weekend Television.

'Dyke has had a long background in football. He was a director of Manchester United in the late nineties and since 2006 he has been non-executive chairman of Brentford Football Club, the team he supported as a boy. He will relinquish this role at the end of the season to take up his new post at the FA.'

Red alert: United director Gill (seen with Dyke) is also on the FA board

Red alert: United director Gill (seen with Dyke) is also on the FA board

Fernando Torres returns to Chelsea training in Philadelphia

Euro star Torres returns in Philadelphia as he prepares to spearhead Chelsea attack

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UPDATED:

08:19 GMT, 24 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fernando Torres returned to training with Chelsea for the first time since his Euro 2012 heroics in Poland and Ukraine.

The Spain striker, who scored in the 4-0 final win against Italy, joined up with his team-mates in Philadelphia as part on Chelsea's American pre-season tour.

With strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou having departed Stamford Bridge this summer, Torres is expected to be the main striker at the club.

Looking sharp: Fernando Torres trains with team-mates David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku in Philadelphia

Looking sharp: Fernando Torres trains with team-mates David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku in Philadelphia

Torres trained with his fellow Chelsea team-mates including John Terry and Petr Cech who also featured at the Euros, while Gary Cahill, who missed the tournament with a fractured cheekbone, also trained.

Chelsea drew 1-1 with French side Paris St Germain on Sunday and face the MLS All-Stars, including David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan, later this week.

No 9: Fernando Torres

Close control: Torres

Euro star: Torres returned to pre-season training with Chelsea after winning the Euros with Spain

And Chelsea new boy Marko Marin is looking forward to playing with Torres, he told Goal.com: 'Fernando is a top player. For us wingers, it's nice for us to have a player like him up front. He's fun to play to with. He's very fast and sharp. I look forward to playing with him.'

Meanwhile, Chelsea elder statesman Cech has challenged the club’s new breed to replicate the winning mentality of their predecessors.

With Champions League winners Drogba,
Kalou and Jose Bosingwa leaving this summer Cech said: ‘Maybe we have a
younger squad — but they are new, positive, hungry and motivated. But
the winning mentality; you can’t buy it. You can only get it from the
team and from people who have got it.

Captain: John Terry

All smiles: David Luiz and Frank Lampard

Back in business: John Terry prepares for the MLS All-Stars game and Frank Lampard and Luiz share a joke

'We’ve always had that winning mentality at Chelsea. That’s why we have won so many trophies over the years. But it’s a huge chance for the younger players to make their life and careers.

'At the moment it’s pre-season and everyone is able to play, so we’re all enjoying each other’s company, working hard get fit.

'But things look different when
suddenly you’re on the bench. That’s when the true personalities will
start to show and I hope that we’re going to be OK.

'We
still have experienced players but now we have the positive, new, young
players who are hungry and motivated, which is great.

Welcome back: Gary Cahill

Strapping up: Petr Cech

Stepping up the preparation: Gary Cahill and Petr Cech during training

'The challenge for them is to show they are not just here by accident, that they are quality players who deserve to be a part of this Chelsea team.

'It’s a similar situation to when I joined in 2004.

'You had the guys who had experience and I was one of eight players coming in, hungry and ready to show we were worth it.

Stateside training: The Chelsea players prepare for the MLS All-Stars game

Stateside training: The Chelsea players prepare for the MLS All-Stars game

'We have always had that mentality at Chelsea and that’s why we have won so many trophies every year.

'You cannot buy that winning mentality, you can only get it from people who have already got it. So we hope we never lose that.

'But when you bring in new players it’s a huge chance for them to make their life and their careers. And you can see that they will all go for it.'

PS

Former Chelsea strikers Nicolas Anelka and Drogba were spotted together at Shanghai Airport on Monday. The duo have linked up at Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and will face old foes Manchester United in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday.

Familiar faces: Former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba arrive at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai ahead of Shanghai Shenhua's friendly against Manchester United

Familiar faces: Former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba
arrive at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai ahead of Shanghai Shenhua's friendly against Manchester United

Thorgan Hazard nears Chelsea move from Lens

Chelsea close in Hazard's little brother after French side Lens confirm sale talks

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UPDATED:

08:57 GMT, 18 July 2012

Thorgan Hazard is inching closer to joining elder brother Eden at Chelsea after French club Lens confirmed they are in talks to sell the midfielder to the Blues.

Although the Ligue 2 outfit are reluctant to lose the 19-year-old Belgian youth international, they prepared to cash in on his departure with just a year left remaining on the winger's contract.

Thorgan has only played has played only 11 times for Lens but Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo is ready to pair him up with his brother Eden at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Oh brother: Chelsea are keen to sign Eden Hazard's little brother Thorgan from Lens

Eden project: Chelsea paid 32million to sign Hazard from Lille earlier this summer

Family fortunes: Eden Hazard is set to be joined at Chelsea by his brother Thorgan

'I've learned that Chelsea are
interested in his possible arrival,' Lens sporting director Antoine
Sibierski told French newspaper La Voix du Nord.

The former Manchester City player
added: 'We're in discussions. I can understand why a player would want
to leave Ligue 2 to go to Chelsea.

'Now, like in every transfer with a year left on his contract, it must be paid for.

'There are also compensation fees for training him.'

Eden, who joined European champions
Chelsea from Lille for 32million earlier this summer, has previously
described Thorgan as having more talent than him.

David Haye beats Dereck Chisora – reaction

The fight was only half the story but let's not forget what a spectacle it was

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UPDATED:

06:41 GMT, 15 July 2012

The end, when it came, was beautiful and brutal in a way only boxing can be.

Left followed right in a mesmerising dance of perfectly executed hooks, each leaving an indelible mark on the lumbering frame of Dereck Chisora.

As all 17st plus of the British heavyweight crashed to the canvas for the second time in 30 seconds, his punishment was complete. David Haye, as promised, had performed his role of judge, jury and executioner to perfection.

To the victor, the spoils: David Haye twice knocked down Dereck Chisora

To the victor, the spoils: David Haye twice knocked down Dereck Chisora

What started as a shameful brawl at a press conference in Munich ended in an enthralling contest at Upton Park as Haye reminded the 30,000-strong crowd that he remains a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight ranks.

A year after limping out of Hamburg after failing to live up to his own hype against Wladimir Klitschko, Haye called out his elder brother for one last hurrah. That plea is likely to fall on deaf ears however as Vitali prepares for a career in politics following a potentially final defence of his WBC title against Manuel Charr in September.

Forty five minutes earlier, after Janis Cernouskis had stopped Karl Brabazon in the final warm-up act, the previously subdued crowd began to stir as the main event approached.

With a smile longer than Haye’s left arm, promoter Frank Warren paced the ring while rubbing his hands; perhaps in delight that his moment had finally arrived. Or perhaps it was a rain dance after the heavens had opened minutes earlier. He certainly revelled in throwing ponchos to the crowd as they sought protection from the elements.

Down he goes: Chisora is sent crashing to the canvas by Haye

Down he goes: Chisora is sent crashing to the canvas by Haye

Warren would later pat himself on the back and reflect on a job well done, taking one final opportunity to lambast his critics, of whom there have been many. One wonders if the Luxembourg flag taking pride of place in the centre of the ring was his way of sticking two fingers up to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) he nimbly sidestepped to stage this grudge match.

The familiar tones of announcer Michael Buffer whipped the crowd into a frenzy as the two fighters emerged from the dressing rooms. As at the weigh-in, Chisora entered to a chorus of boos which drowned out the accompanying Gladiator theme. Dressed in a gown which was covered in the flags of the world with the customary bandana pulled up over his mouth, he was made to wait in the ring by his adversary. Eventually Haye traipsed down the tunnel to the sound of Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, wearing a red Hayemaker t-shirt and trainers, to prevent him slipping in the ring.

The pair dealt with the preliminaries very differently. While Haye paced up and down the ring with a face like thunder, Chisora looked calm and keen to make eye contact, as if to establish some sort of authority. As Buffer implored the stands to get ready to rumble, the fight was underway after the briefest touch of gloves.

Time up: Referee Louis Pabon issues the count as Chisora is beaten

Time up: Referee Louis Pabon issues the count as Chisora is beaten

Despite Haye’s prediction that he would dispense with Chisora inside two rounds, the fear remained that he would instead dance his way through the fight, doing enough to steal the sessions and ultimately triumph on points. But within seconds, that theory was expunged. The 31-year-old started quickly, finding his range with the jab as he circled the ring, probing his opponent’s defences. Chisora meanwhile controlled the centre and looked eager to land the knockout blow.

Indeed, the rest of the fight followed a similar pattern as Chisora, his eyes bloodshot, came forward as he did against Klitschko, looking to walk Haye down. He managed a clean shot at the end of the second round before enjoying his best session to date in the next, deserving at least a share of the spoils.

Although the punches that ultimately ended the contest were spectacular to witness, Haye rarely penetrated Chisora’s high guard in the preceding exchanges. His one obvious opportunity came in the fourth round when he pinned his younger opponent in his own corner and looked set to unleash his right hand. But he hesitated, as if concerned he would leave himself vulnerable if the attack failed.

Whatever his reason, Haye was far from fatigued and the fifth round proved decisive. Setting himself up with the jab, a short right followed before the same hand sent Chisora down for the first time in his career. He beat the count at eight but the end was nigh and just 13 seconds after the restart, Del Boy lay crumpled again. Once more he rose at eight but referee Luis Pabon waved the fight off, a look into Chisora’s eyes enough to determine his fate.

All smiles: Haye and Chisora show their new found respect for one another

All smiles: Haye and Chisora show their new found respect for one another

The loser was attended to by paramedics in his corner as Haye saluted the crowd from the other three bastions of the ring. And then, after the brawl, the fence, the hate and the insults, came the hug; a unique embrace by two men who have shared a stage such as this. This new found respect continued in the aftermath, the threats and taunts from earlier in the week seemingly forgotten.

Chisora made his way from Upton Park at quarter to one on Sunday morning, leaving behind a clean-up operation that was well underway. For many, the mess left by this affair will take longer to deal with. The future of the BBBC remains in doubt after its authority was trampled on and concerns over the emergence of multiple British titles remain in some quarters.

Personally, I believe such fears are overblown. There was widespread reluctance from fighters to appear on the undercard of this fight such was the threat of expulsion by the BBBC. Time and time again we were told this fight would not have taken place had it not been for the fracas in Munich. If that is the case, and it was a one-off, then call back the hounds.

Let this fight be remembered for the spectacle it was.

London 2012 Olympics: Ryan Giggs easy choice as Team GB football captain

Elder statesman Giggs 'easy choice' for GB Olympic football captain

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UPDATED:

21:01 GMT, 8 July 2012

Stuart Pearce has described the decision to name Ryan Giggs as Team GB captain as the 'easiest' of his career.

The Manchester United veteran will lead Great Britain's gold medal charge later this month after Pearce confirmed the midfielder will wear the armband.

Captain Fantastic: Manchester United's Ryan Giggs will lead Team GB in London

Captain Fantastic: Manchester United's Ryan Giggs will lead Team GB in London

You're the boss: Stuart Pearce

You're the boss: Stuart Pearce

The 38-year-old has a full set of
winners medals from his glittering Old Trafford career – and speaking
from Team GB's preparation camp at Loughborough University on Sunday,
Pearce admitted the decision to select Giggs as skipper was a no
brainer.

'It was probably the easiest decision of my life. For over 20 years, Ryan has been a tremendous professional,' said Pearce.

'His reputation and professionalism
go before him, he's got the respect of the group and the staff. I'm
looking forward to working with him, not only as a player but as a
captain.

'He's also a guy who hasn't played
tournament football, which for a man of his ability is a crying shame.
So to come here and captain the side on his home soil is fantastic.'

And Giggs has now set his sights on
adding Olympic gold to his extensive medal collection, saying: 'I've won
a lot in my career but it would be nice to add a gold medal to that.
You never think as a footballer you would win an Olympic medal.

Welsh wonder: Giggs was capped 67 times before retiring in 2007

Welsh wonder: Giggs was capped 67 times before retiring in 2007

'Being captain is a massive honour. Being a 38-year-old, you don't expect to be involved in a massive tournament like this.

'So captaining the team ranks very
highly in my career. What can I bring to the captaincy The experience, a
winning mentality and I'm always here if the players want to talk to
me.'

He added: 'Not playing in a major tournament will always be a massive disappointment for me – that will always remain.

'But I'm getting the chance now and
I'm looking forward to that. It was something I never thought was going
to happen. Ever since I got the chance to put my name forward for the
Olympics, it's something I wanted to be a part of.'

Giggs' Team GB team-mate Micah
Richards has spoken for the first time about his decision to snub a
place on England's Euro 2012 squad stand-by list.

Wise heads: Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are the other 'over-age' players

Wise heads: Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are the other 'over-age' players

The Manchester City defender was a
surprise omission from Roy Hodgson's European Championship's party after
playing a key role in Roberto Mancini side's historic title win.

Richards was given the option of
being on England's stand-by list but turned down the offer – a decision
which brought widespread criticism.

But Richards explained: 'Once I wasn't in the Euro squad I thought there was a chance of me being in the Team GB squad.

'I was told if you are part of the
England squad then you couldn't play in the Olympics. And I decided I
wanted to be selected for Team GB.

Out: David Beckham (left) was not picked by Pearce

Out: David Beckham (left) was not picked by Pearce

'I didn't say I didn't want to play for England or anything like that. I just said I wanted to play for Team GB.'

He added: 'It was very disappointing for me not to make the Euro squad, especially after winning the Premier League.

'But that's what football is about, you can't dwell on the past – you just have to move forward. Now it's all about Team GB.

'It was down to the manager. Football
is based on opinions, and all I can do is look at my own form, and my
form last season was very good.

In or out Daniel Sturridge faces a race to be fit as he recovers from viral meningitis

In or out Daniel Sturridge faces a race to be fit as he recovers from viral meningitis

'I played in 40-odd games in a Premier League winning team – I would have thought that would have been enough, but it wasn't.

'In football, there's always ups and downs – you have to take them.'

And for the ladies…

Casey Stoney will captain the Great Britain women's football team at the Games, manager Hope Powell has announced.

The 30-year-old Lincoln defender is the England skipper and has won 103 caps for her country.

Team GB begin their preparations with a friendly against Sweden at the Riverside Stadium on Friday, July 20.

Meanwhile, Pearce has confirmed
Daniel Sturridge will not travel to Spain for Team GB's training camp
this week as he recovers from viral meningitis.

The Chelsea forward contracted the illness last week, casting huge doubt on his involvement later this month.

Pearce, who has until July 25 to make a decision on Sturridge, added: 'We are pretty confident he will be available.

'We are liaising with the Chelsea medical team on a regular basis. Our doctor saw him last week and Daniel was pretty chirpy.

'We will keep an eye on him and send
our medical people to Chelsea. When we get back to the Olympic village
next week, Daniel will come with us and we will reassess his fitness.

Backing: Scott Sinclair is glad Giggs is captain

Backing: Tom Cleverley is glad Giggs is captain

Respect: Scott Sinclair (left) and Tom Cleverley back their captain

'I've spoken to him and he sounded
very well on the phone. He said he feels very good and he is desperate
to be part of this, so if he's got that mentality then I think he'll be
here.'

Phil Neville wants to join brother Gary as football coach

It's a Neville family affair! Phil wants to follow brother Gary into coaching

PUBLISHED:

15:50 GMT, 19 June 2012

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UPDATED:

15:54 GMT, 19 June 2012

Everton captain Phil Neville believes brother Gary will become a 'fantastic' manager in time and is determined to follow him down the coaching path.

Former Manchester United defender Gary, the elder brother at 37, is currently out in Ukraine with England having joined Roy Hodgson's set-up last month.

The ex-England international, who holds UEFA A and B coaching licences, has signed a four-year contract with the Football Association.

Part of the team: Gary (second left) has joined the England coaching set-up

Part of the team: Gary (second left) has joined the England coaching set-up

'Gary will be a fantastic coach and I'm sure one day he will be a fantastic manager,' said Phil, who has just completed the first part of his A licence course and is well on course with his coaching plans.

'He's got that aura about him and the knowledge, and I think he'll have the respect of the players.'

The Toffees defender, who has already had some international coaching experience with England's Under-21 squad for February's UEFA Euro 2013 qualifier against Belgium, has been planning for the end of his playing days for a while now.

'When you get to the age of 30 you think to yourself: 'What am I doing to do when I finish' the 35-year-old told TheFA.com.

I'm next! Phil wants to complete his badges and begin coaching when he hangs up his boots

I'm next! Phil wants to complete his badges and begin coaching when he hangs up his boots

'Coaching is something I've always enjoyed. I did my UEFA B Licence and loved it, I got the bug.

'I set my stall out that over the next five years I would plan and prepare to become a coach.

'I started making notes for different scenarios, and not just for coaching but for travel, discipline and other things.'

He attended Wokefield Park in Berkshire earlier this month along with 32 current and former professionals, including ex-England team-mate David James, to begin work on his A licence as part of the continuation of his long-term plan.

'The biggest thing I've learned is that this (coaching) is something I want to do when I've finished my career,' added Neville, who is contracted to Everton until 2013.

'I'm fascinated by all aspects of it. I've always been the type, throughout my career, to ask a lot of questions and be interested in the finer details.

'I think that's what coaching is all about: the detail when getting your coaching point across to the players.'

EURO 2012: Rio Ferdinand left out of England squad for "footballing reasons"

Ferdinand left out of England squad for 'footballing reasons', insists Hodgson

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UPDATED:

14:09 GMT, 16 May 2012

Roy Hodgson insists Rio Ferdinand has been left out of England's Euro 2012 squad based purely on a footballing decision.

The Manchester United defender was sensationally omitted by the new England boss as he revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday.

John Terry was selected despite the July court case awaiting him regarding allegations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, which Terry denies.

Axed: Ferdinand, seen here playing on Tuesday night, has been left out of the England squad

Axed: Ferdinand, seen here playing on Tuesday night, has been left out of the England squad

Ferdinand's elder brother Rio being left out of the squad will help to avoid any tension that could have stemmed from the pair sharing a dressing room in Poland and Ukraine.

But Hodgson said: 'I selected John Terry for footballing reasons and I left out Rio Ferdinand for footballing reasons.

Staying at home: The Manchester United defender hasn't made the 23-man squad

Staying at home: The Manchester United defender hasn't made the 23-man squad

'I've spoken to both of them of course. I had to do that. 'In the last couple of days I've spoken to both of them and explained to them why I've come to the decision.'

On Terry's impending court case, Hodgson said: 'If we take the court case first of all, that's obviously very unfortunate for him but we must emphasise he is an innocent man until such time as he is proven guilty.

In the frame: Terry has been included, but Ferdinand will be left at home for the summer's tournament

In the frame: Terry has been included, but Ferdinand will be left at home for the summer's tournament

'My decision with John Terry was based purely on footballing matters, I was given a free hand as to the squad I picked.

'I realised that when I selected him there would be people who would raise eyebrows but that's the decision that I've made, that's the decision I shall live with.'

Terry led Chelsea to FA Cup success and helped them reach the Champions League final as they rebuilt their season under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Making his point: Hodgson explained the reasons behind his squad selection at Wembley on Wednesday

Making his point: Hodgson explained the reasons behind his squad selection at Wembley on Wednesday

The defender will be suspended for the latter showpiece after he was sent off in the semi-final second leg for an off-the-ball clash with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez.

Hodgson said: 'I believe John Terry, especially in the latter part of the season, has played very well.

'I know you'll say he shouldn't have done what did in Barcelona but I'm looking over a longer period that that.

Gracious: But Hodgson admitted Ferdinand was disappointed by his omission

Gracious: But Hodgson admitted Ferdinand was disappointed by his omission

'I think he's played well, I think he played an important part in Chelsea's FA Cup final victory, an important part in their reaching the Champions League final and so therefore I selected him because I think he's the man for job. I'm hoping and believing that he will help us win matches.'

Hodgson said Ferdinand had taken his omission in a 'gracious' manner.

Selected: Terry is included in Hodgson's squad

Selected: Terry is included in Hodgson's squad

'He was obviously disappointed. I'd be surprised had he not been,' Hodgson said. 'He was very gracious and he wished myself and the team the very best of luck in the tournament.'

He stressed he had no doubts over Ferdinand's ability to get through a tournament on a physical basis.

'I had a private conversation with Sir Alex (Ferguson) 10 days ago,' Hodgson said. 'I think Rio has done exceptionally well this year. He's played a lot of matches through injury.

'He's got himself on the field of play when many a player wouldn't have done so.

'I'm also wary of that because I know there have been times in the season where Rio has played three matches in a week.

'I would be lying if that [the ability to play matches close together] was the major reason for not selecting him.

'It was purely on other footballing reasons. 'I admire Rio Ferdinand as a player. 'I think he's a fine footballer and I respect him, but I had to pick a squad with defenders I wanted to take to the Euros.'

Hodgson said Ferdinand's lack of recent international action had been a major factor.

'One game in the last year and only three games since 2010,' Hodgson said. 'Having taken over the squad, I've been very conscious of the fact I'm to some extent being parachuted in to take charge of a Capello squad which has qualified for this tournament.

'I wanted to, at least where I can, remain faithful to the players who got us there.'

Hodgson is confident Terry's court case will not be a distraction.

'No, he's had that court case hanging over him and it's not distracted him in lifting the FA Cup and helping his team reach a Champions League final,' Hodgson said.

'I know how committed he is to England. 'I don't think anyone has any cause to doubt his desire and his commitment to England and his pride in playing for England.'

Hodgson raised various points in a private conversation with Terry, and said: 'He assured me I need have no fears or worries over any of my issues.'

SIX NATIONS 2012: England call up Joe Launchbury and Karl Dickson

Launchbury shocked at England call after Wasps lock joins training squad

Surprise call: Joe Launchbury

Surprise call: Joe Launchbury

England have called Wasps lock Joe Launchbury and Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson into their RBS Six Nations training squad.

Launchbury, 20, replaces Northampton lock Courtney Lawes, who will miss the remainder of England's Six Nations campaign with a shin complaint.

Dickson, the elder brother of England's first-choice scrum-half Lee, comes into the squad after Joe Simpson dislocated his shoulder in Wasps' victory over London Irish at the weekend.

Both players will join the England camp at their Pennyhill Park base on Monday night.

Launchbury, England's players' player of the tournament at the 2011 Under-20 World Cup, said: 'I am totally shocked but thrilled to get the chance to train with the squad.

'It was a totally unexpected call especially as I have missed so much of this season but it's a great opportunity for me to pick up some really valuable experience at the highest level.

'I'm really looking forward to it.'

Call: Karl Dickson has also joined England's Six Nation's training squad

Call: Karl Dickson has also joined England's Six Nation's training squad

Dickson was briefly drafted into the England set-up earlier in the championship when his brother suffered a fractured bone in his hand.

England are without Saracens' injured scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth and Danny Care, who is serving an international suspension following his conviction for drink driving.