John Terry reaffirms retirement but would consider England SOS call

John Terry

John Terry has not decided to end his international retirement, sources close to the Chelsea captain have said.

The defender quit the England side in September, shortly before the Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Terry had already been cleared in court of committing any criminal offence.

Sources close to the 32-year-old told BBC Sport that, although he is not reversing his original decision, he might reconsider it were England to suffer an injury crisis and ask him.

Blues defender Terry won his 78th cap against Moldova last year but was stripped of the England captaincy by the FA in February, before the criminal proceedings began.

The decision led to the resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager.

But with FA chairman David Bernstein preparing to step down next month, there had been speculation that Terry was ready to make a dramatic U-turn and a bid for an England swansong.

Terry refused to shake Bernstein's hand last week at a Champions League trophy ceremony. It was the first time the pair had met since the four-day FA hearing which culminated in Terry being banned for four matches and fined £220,000.

Two months earlier, Terry had been cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of having racially abused QPR's Ferdinand during an October 2011 Premier League match at Loftus Road.

Regarding his future, Terry said he hoped to extend his time at Stamford Bridge beyond the remaining year of his contract, and insisted he would never join another English team.

Despite starting only three league games in 2013 under the rotation policy of interim boss Rafael Benitez, Terry said he had no plans to leave Chelsea.

"I've got another year [at Chelsea] and definitely will be here next year," said Terry, who made his debut for the team in 1998 and has been captain in all three of their Premier League-winning campaigns.

"Where I would go after that it certainly wouldn't be in England. I couldn't do that to Chelsea or the fans. That's just not me."

Benitez is set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season and former boss Jose Mourinho, who was at the helm for two of their three titles, has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.

"It would be nice to get some silverware, get the season out of the way and maybe talk contracts in the summer," Terry said.

"It depends on my fitness and me staying in a good enough condition to impress the guys who make those decisions.

"I have got another year left which I will honour and respect, regardless if it's a yes or a no."

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