As we all know that last night John Terry retired from international football after enjoying 78 national caps .It was an illustrious 9 year career and he certainly was the back bone of England’s defense but now he is gone and the question is who will replace him?
The England coach Roy Hodgson was and is a long term admirer of John Terry ,he even selected him for the Euro 2012 despite of his racial abuse case and always considered him the back bone of England’s defense .Roy Hodgson believes that John Terry is not replaceable and its a big loss.
However the replacement is must and there are few contenders .First obviously is Rio Ferdinand but Roy Hodgson is very reluctant is this case .After Ferdinand’s Euro snub ,Roy Hodgson still has not communicated Rio Ferdinand who probably is his close best option.
However Hodgson snubbed Rio Ferdinand for the Euro 2012 for some “footballing reasons” but in my opinion Hodgson needs his experience after the departure of John Terry .
The second option is Phil Jagielka but his performances against Montenegro and Ukrine were questionable .
Third and fourth choices are Phil Jones and Chris Smalling but they both are injured and still are too young for this vast post because this rank requires a lot experience and patience.
Fifth and sixth are Garry Cahill and Joleon Lescott .As we all know the unpredictability of Lescott but Garry Cahill is a good choice .He is an intelligent defender and has some defending sense.Although he is still learning a lot but currently he is working with John Terry at Chelsea and his crucial performances in crucial matches makes him a strong contender .