Why John Terry would help England's world cup hopes
by Matthew Cusick
Mar 23, 2014 10:58 PM GMT
Although both Roy Hodgson and John Terry himself have talked down a return to international football for the Chelsea centre-back, there are several reasons why Terry should consider making a return in time for the World Cup in Brazil.
Terry and Cahill at the heart of Chelsea's defence this season have been amazing, and rocks at the back. It has been ignored that John Terry is aged 33 and is still performing like he has done this season. As Gary Cahill has been playing for England recently, many think Terry should make a return to England, and lead them to the world cup.
Although Roy has a headache already picking his team for the world cup, he should be sure to offer John Terry an England lifeline.
1) Last world cup
As we know, the World Cup comes along every 4 years, and because John Terry is aged 33 and in 4 years time he will be 37, this is truly the final chance in his career to represent his country before retirement from the game. This is essential for Terry to have in the back of his mind, because once he has retired for football full stop, there most likely won't be a way for him to get back into the England team, with the likes of Cahill, Jones and Smalling breaking through, and most recently, Caulker.
2) Solve England's defensive problems
While Roy Hodgson hasn't found his CB pairing yet, Cahill and Terry would make the perfect pairing. As they are for Chelsea, these would be perfect for the World cup, as they play with each other at Chelsea and know how each other play. Also that this would bring a lot of experience into the team, as John Terry played for England for many, many years.
3) Help the younger ones
While John Terry would be the oldest of the England players, he's a leader, and this will help the younger English players breaking through to the national team, for example a few of the young Southampton boys, if they make the team. (Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez) But while Terry offers this, he offers experience in the world cup, which not many of the players have to offer.