The Tottenham boss worked closely with the centre-back during his time at Stamford Bridge, and believes the national team will struggle to replace their former captain
The former captain opted to withdraw from future selection on the eve of the FA independent regulatory commission investigating alleged racist abuse towards Anton Ferdinand – in which he was subsequently banned for four matches and fined £220,000 after being found guilty.
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And the 31-year-old’s former manager believes England manager Roy Hodgson will struggle to fill void left by the Chelsea man.
“It's a massive, massive loss for England,' he told The Daily Mail.
“John Terry is a player with unbelievable talent and helped this country so much, and the same for Chelsea too.
“In the end they are his decisions, personal decisions.
“It's difficult for a player to take a position like this but on the perspective of England and qualification it leaves Roy Hodgson in a difficult position bearing in mind the centre-backs he has at his disposal.
“I'm not putting into question the quality of the other players, but he is certainly missing one player of great, great talent.”