Chelsea captain John Terry should still be playing for the England national side according to former Three Lions boss Fabio Capello.
The Italian manager resigned in February 2012 after Terry was stripped of the captaincy by the Football Association in the wake of allegations of racial abuse against Anton Ferdinand.
Terry was eventually acquitted at trial of any wrongdoing but was banned for four games by the FA and fined £220,000.
“It’s better to have a player like John Terry than not,” said Capello, the BBC quote the ex-England boss as saying. “He is one of the best.”
Speaking at the Laureus World Sports Awards last night, Capello went on to say that England regularly have problems in defence and don’t have a lot of defenders to pick from so a recall of Terry is surely a no-brainer.
“England haven’t got a lot of defenders but they sometimes have problems,” he said.
“But I don’t think he has the chances to play with the national team any more.”
Following on from his sacking as national team captain, Terry eventually announced that he had retired from international football altogether in September 2012, declaring that his position had become untenable.