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Hodgson: I won't be talking Terry out of exile

ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson has no intention of persuading John Terry to cut short his international exile.

Much to Hodgson's disappointment, Terry called time on his England career ahead of his Football Association racism hearing, claiming his position had been made "untenable".

There have been suggestions Hodgson will make an attempt to get the 31-year-old to change his mind once the dust has settled but, speaking ahead of next week's World Cup qualifier with San Marino, the manager claimed that will not happen.

"What I've said about John Terry, I stand by every word," said Hodgson.

"I regret his decision. He did a great job in the short time I worked with him, and played well for me.

"But he's made his decision and it's irrevocable as far as I'm concerned.

"I wish him well in his Chelsea career but it's a closed chapter."

Yet those who felt Terry's retirement would provide Rio Ferdinand with an instant recall have been left disappointed.

As he indicated to Tube passengers he chatted to on Wednesday night, Ferdinand's name was missing from the squad named yesterday.

Hodgson acknowledged he had made a mistake imparting such sensitive information to a member of the public, which ended up making back page headlines.

It is understood the direct conversation between Hodgson and Ferdinand is still to take place.

However, the FA have been informed the 33-year-old accepts the apology and bears no personal grudge towards Hodgson. In theory, Ferdinand remains available for selection when required.

However, should the call arise, Hodgson wonders whether Ferdinand would accept it given how he has been treated.

"I'm definitely not closing the door on Rio," said Hodgson.

"But after what he might regard as an insult - even if it wasn't intended as such - he may turn his back on us.

"He deserves an apology from me because I am disappointed with the way he found out he was being excluded."


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