England manager Sam Allardyce says he would consider picking Chelsea defender John Terry if he came out of international retirement.
Terry, 35, hasn’t played for the English national team since 2012, being left out by Roy Hodgson after playing in the Euros. Allardyce hinted that he might try to get the Chelsea man to come out of international retirement.
“I don’t know what the political side of that might mean, if there is a political side,” Allardyce said. “I’ll have to have that conversation if I feel that John Terry may be a possibility.
“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.”
Allardyce is also clear that he wants to play the best possible side right now to get results, instead of playing potential.
“See there’s that word then, we don’t want potential do we. I want the thing, and right now,” Allardyce said when asked about Man City defender John Stones.
“Potential is something that’s going to be great in the future. I want it right now and I think he’s got a great chance of becoming right now working with Manchester City.
“With all due respect to Everton, working with Manchester City and the level he has to get to because you don’t realize he [Guardiola] does focus quite a lot on defending – not just winning the ball back.
“[Gerard] Pique was a little similar at Man United until he went to Barcelona then he became a good defender as well as a great attribute for Barcelona in possession. So he had both. That’s why he stayed there for so long.”
England takes on Slovakia in their World Cup Qualifying opener on Sept. 4.