Adams believes the England boss should have recalled Terry.
Former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams has criticised Roy Hodgson for not selecting Chelsea captain John Terry in England’s World Cup squad.
Terry retired from international football after being banned and fined by the FA in 2012 for racially abusing then QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match.
However, Adams believes that after forming the best central defensive partnership in the country alongside fellow countryman Gary Cahill at the Blues this season, Hodgson should have done all he could to get the 33-year-old into his squad.
“I would definitely have taken him out to lunch and tried to convince him to come and play,” the legendary Gunners skipper was quoted by the Mirror.
“We might need John Terry for this tournament. We might need him for seven games. It might be his swansong, but we need a central defender – I’m not sure about [Everton’s Phil] Jagielka or [Manchester United’s Phil] Jones.
“If you are leaving John Terry at home because of all the baggage that comes with him, you wouldn’t take Wayne Rooney, would you? Or Steven Gerrard? Where do you draw the line?”
As it is Cahill is expected to be partnered by Jagielka at the back, which many have said is the weakest central defensive partnership the Three Lions have had for a number of years.
Whether or not Adams or Hodgson is right will be proven when the country starts their tournament against Italy on June 14.
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