John Terry will be in England squad for World Cup qualifiers

John Terry
John Terry

John Terry will be in England's squad for September's World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine.

The Football Association has yet to announce a date for Terry's independent hearing over charges he used a racist slur against QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea captain, 31, denies the allegation and was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand by a magistrates' court in July.

"I can select him, and I will be selecting him," said boss Roy Hodgson.

Former national skipper Terry was rested, along with several other senior players, for the 2-1 friendly win over Italy earlier this month.

But England manager Hodgson revealed, if fit, he will be in the squad for the 7 September game in Moldova and the match against Ukraine at Wembley four days later.

However, Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has revealed that Terry is a "major doubt" for Saturday's home game with Newcastle due to a neck injury.

Hodgson all but confirmed the other players from England's Euro 2012 squad who were rested against Italy would also be recalled.

That includes Wayne Rooney, who he watched in Manchester United's opening Premier League defeat at Everton.

Strikers Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge could all find their club game time limited and Hodgson said: "The bottom line is I shall choose from the players who can do the job.

"If they are not playing for their club team that will be a disadvantage but it won't necessarily preclude them from playing."

The England boss also revealed he had been monitoring Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster with a view to a call-up at some point in the future.

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