Aug 24, 2016

    Big Sam mulls England recall for Terry


    NEW England manager Sam Allardyce will consider ending former captain John Terry's four-year international exile, he revealed on Monday.

    The 35-year-old retired from England duty in September 2012 after the Football Association charged him with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. He was later fined and given a four-game ban.

    Roy Hodgson, Allardyce's predecessor, said in March that England had still not successfully replaced the Chelsea centre-back and Allardyce has not ruled out handing him a recall.

    Asked if Terry might be in line for an England return, he said: "Maybe so. I think it depends on what John said.

    "Maybe if I get the opportunity, I might have to give him a ring. But until I come to that selection or that process, we'll wait and see."

    Terry, capped 78 times, signed a one-year Chelsea contract extension in May and has played in their two games to date under new manager Antonio Conte.

    Allardyce, known as "Big Sam", confirmed goalkeeper Joe Hart will be selected, despite having lost his place at Manchester City under new manager Pep Guardiola.

    But Allardyce warned it is "critical" for Hart to secure regular first-team football if he is to remain England's first-choice goalkeeper.

    Allardyce must also decide whether to persist with Wayne Rooney as captain. He said he had made up his mind on the issue but will not make an announcement until next week.

    Allardyce, 61, was appointed England manager in July after Hodgson stepped down following England's humiliating elimination by Iceland at Euro 2016.

    He begins his tenure with a 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Slovakia in Trnava on Sept 4 and will name his first squad on Sunday.