• Posted on: 18 February 2014

John Terry has retired from international football, but England have been struggling without him since then. As the World Cup approaches in the summer, England will be without two of the world's best defenders like John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, as both have decided to retire from international football.

The replacements have not been able to match the standards set by the partnership. Terry is still one of the leading players in the Premier league after rediscovering his form that made him one of the world's best under Jose Mourinho.

He has repeatedly stated on several occasions that he does not see himself returning to the national team fold. Roy Hodgson has also said that the national team needs to look at the future and not concentrate on a player, who is fast approaching the end of his career. There was talk that he will be wearing an lfc t shirt next season, as Liverpool take a punt where England wont.

At 33 years of age, Terry does not have a long time left in football. Terry cited a lot of differences with the English FA as the reason for his retirement. Former under 21 manager Stuart Pearce says that option has been excellent at managing the older players. The likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard continue to be essential for the national team even now.

During his international career that spanned several major tournaments, Terry made 78 appearances for the national team.

"Whether people think John has had his day, there's one person who picks the squad and only the manager will decide that. "The one thing Roy does is back his senior players. He has backed the likes of [Frank] Lampard and [Steven] Gerrard and they have done fantastically well for him. He wouldn't be averse to going back to somebody, but only Roy knows in his own mind whether he will or whether he won't. My opinion is probably not. I don't think so, but you never know," Pearce told talkSPORT.