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FA Boss: Terry Stays Retired

It seems that refusing to shake the hand of FA Chairman, David Bernstein, may have come back to bite John Terry like Luis Suarez.

Terry has made it known behind the scenes that he is keen to play for England again, just over half a year since officially retiring from international football.

The former Three Lions skipper has not said anything openly about his desire to play for his country again, but the consensus is that he had hoped for a groundswell of public support from his old team-mates.

No England players have obliged however, and neither has coach Roy Hodgson.

And now Bernstein has given short shrift to the idea of Terry’s return.

He says that until Terry makes his intentions clear, the England door is closed to him. And that even if he does renounce his retirement, there is every chance that he simply won’t be selected.

Bernstein’s tough stance towards Terry seems to have more to do with the bad blood between them, than the fact that the defender struggles to make Chelsea’s starting line-up these days.

"He [Terry] has not announced he is coming out of retirement and if he did the decision will be down to the manager," said Bernstein.

"The one thing about John Terry is that he always used to take his football seriously and therefore I took his retirement seriously. Until I hear to the contrary, he stays retired."  

England play Ireland at Wembley and Brazil at the Maracana before Bernstein steps down as FA boss, when perhaps a more pro-Terry atmosphere will arise under his replacement, Greg Dyke.

But until then, there is no indication that Terry’s England career will be resurrected. 


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