King thinks the Blues man is needed by the Three Lions.
Despite England manager Roy Hodgson saying it won’t happen, Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King says Chelsea’s John Terry should return to the national team.
The Blues captain hasn’t played for the defender’s country since an FA ban in 2012 for racially abusing QPR centre-back Anton Ferdinand.
Terry did not like the way the situation was handled and stepped away from the international stage as a result, but with the Three Lions on the verge of a defensive crisis King believes it’s time for a rethink.
“John Terry is a top quality defender. He’s got great experience,” the former Spurs skipper told talkSPORT.
“I’m sure he would add to the squad and the team if he was called upon but the decision would be down to Roy Hodgson and John himself.
“I know he would stiffen up the defence. I still believe he is one of the better centre-halves in the country and he’s got the rest of the season to prove that.”
Terry is enjoying a revival of the 32-year-old’s career since Jose Mourinho returned as manager at Stamford Bridge, after the centre-back was sidelined by former boss Rafael Benitez.
The Englishman has made 16 appearances in all competitions this term and is keeping current England defender Gary Cahill out of the team.
With Hodgson’s preference of Cahill and Everton captain Phil Jagielka at the back having lost to both Chile and Germany at home within the past week, King and many other critics think it’s time for a change.
Yet the boss doesn’t want to revert back to the past, however in a World Cup year the 66-year-old may be forced to reconsider with the experienced Terry.
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