Capello: No chance Terry will return for England

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The ex-captain resigned from international duty in 2012 before being found guilty of racial abuse, and the Italian insists the defender still the best the Three Lions have to offer

Former England manager Fabio Capello believes there is "no chance" of John Terry making an international return.

The Chelsea captain has helped his team to the top of the Premier League, but has been retired from England duty since September 2012 in the midst of a racism storm surrounding Anton Ferdinand.

Capello resigned as England manager in February of the year, after the FA stripped Terry of the captaincy due to the same allegations, and the Italian feels the 34-year-old is still better than his positional rivals.

"John Terry has no chance of playing with the national team again," Capello said at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai. "It's better to have a player like John Terry than not. He is one of the best."

"There are some young players who played with me who are improving. [Chris] Smalling is playing. [Phil] Jones is playing.

I'm happy because they are players that I brought into the national team and they are playing now. Also Ashley Young is playing really well."

Capello also spoke about another former England captain, Steven Gerrard, who is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season to join the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"Steven Gerrard, I have really good memories of him. He was a fantastic player. He played really well for Liverpool. He played well for the national team," Capello said.

"He has retired from the club. I understand why. A lot of English players are going to the USA."

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