England talks with John Terry ‘overvalued’ – Hiddink

1 Apr 2016

England talks with John Terry ‘overvalued’ – Hiddink


Guus Hiddink believes that Roy Hodgson’s recent conversation with John Terry has been “overvalued” amid speculation that the Chelsea captain could make a return to England duty in time for Euro 2016.

Asked whether Terry could be the solution to England’s left-sided centre-back problem in the wake of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Netherlands at Wembley, Hodgson played down the prospect but revealed he recently had a “long chat” with the 35-year-old.

Hodgson’s comments fuelled speculation that Terry — who retired from England duty in September 2012 on the eve of a Football Association disciplinary hearing into an alleged racist comment directed towards Anton Ferdinand — could yet come back into the international fold in time for one last major tournament.

Hiddink insists he does not know whether Terry would consider a return, but believes some in the media have read too much into an innocent conversation between Hodgson and the Chelsea captain.

“I think it is a little bit overvalued, whether they [Hodgson and Terry] had a conversation,” Hiddink said.

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“It was no issue for either of them. John is doing his job for Chelsea and has decided already a few years ago not to be available for England, whatever the reason might be.

“You can ask him, but I don’t know. What I know is he likes to play football. We didn’t talk about [him playing for England].”

Terry is out of contract at Chelsea this summer and last month insisted he remains “very hopeful” of agreeing an extension, despite no fresh talks between the two parties since the Blues declined to offer their captain a new deal in January.

Asked if there was an update on Terry’s contract situation, Hiddink replied: “That’s not up to me at this moment. I think in the time coming up you should ask the directors and obviously John has his own opinion about this.

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“He is and will be a legend at this club, so he has big worth. Also he is and will be a leader.”


News Source: TODAYNG, 9jaTales

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