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You just can’t keep a good man down!
John Terry has, rather surprisingly, been confirmed by Roy Hodgson as the first man in his England squad for Euro 2016, despite retiring from international duty almost four years ago.
With the Chelsea player out of contract at the end of the season, potentially bowing out on one of the highest stages football has to offer was too much for the 36-year-old to resist.
“I’ve snapchatted with Roy over the years. Oh, I must quickly tell you this, the other day Hodge sent me a snap and I thought he’d done one of the those new filters that snapchat has – the one that gives you a small head – but turns out he’d just sent me a normal pic. We did laugh.
“Anyway, so as I was saying, our relationship was never more than a few snapchats. Therefore, when I got a text from Roy saying: “JT r u 3 dis summer??”, I knew it was something important.”
Chelsea have had a pretty decent season by their standards – which included an impressive 2-0 win over Aston Villa back in October – and Terry is confident that he, and club mate, Gary Cahill, are up for the task this summer:
“Chelsea and myself have come off the back of a great season and I’m certain Gary (Cahill) and myself can carry our fine form from this campaign into France.”
When pressed upon his reasoning for bringing Terry back from international retirement, Hodgson highlighted the Chelsea legend’s flaws, as well as his qualities.
“I know John’s a prick but he’s also an old-fashioned leader, a warrior. All traits that this current group, for all their positives, lack a considerable amount of. For example, how tragic is it that Theo Walcott is currently Arsenal’s longest-serving player? That highlights our struggles.
“After what I saw against Holland, Phil Jagielka just isn’t what he used to be and overnight John Stones has gone from Bobby Moore to Frank Sinclair which is worrying”
When all is said and done, it makes perfect sense for Hodge to call JT back into the international setup. Terry’s stats when in the white of the Three Lions is nothing short of ridiculously impressive:
- 89% of aerial battles won
- 5.3 tackles per game
- 77% win ratio
- 94% victories as captain
- 100% of team-mates pissed off
- 2.6 WAGs shagged every international