Chelsea skipper John Terry has said in no uncertain terms that he will not be coming out of international retirement to take part at the 2014 World Cup.
The highly rated defender decided to end his international career in 2012, but it was believed he might reconsider his decision in order to help the country at the forthcoming World Cup.
Nevertheless, Terry is adamant he won’t be returning into international fold and has backed his club teammate Gary Cahill to take his place.
“My days are gone and it is down to Gary (Cahill) and the young boys to push on for our country,” he told Sky Sports.
“He seems to get better every day, he is great in the air and reads it well. He is quick and he is the man for England going forward and has been excellent for Chelsea.
“We have struck up a great relationship, since he came from Bolton not only on the pitch but off it too.
“He seems to get better every game, and we do love playing together and he made his debut for England with me.
“But a lot went on with myself and England and I love playing for my country, and I was very proud to do that and captain my country twice.
“Unfortunately things have changed and moved on and I am concentrating on playing well and hopefully keep us top of the league.”
England have been placed in a very difficult group alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, but the Three Lions are just 1.67 (2/3) to qualify for the knockout stages.