Betting: John Terry 3/1 to be included in England's World Cup squad

The former England captain retired from national duty in September 2012 but his recent good form has prompted Paddy Power to cut his price to be in Brazil next summer
Chelsea became the first Premier League side to leave the Etihad with three points on Monday night. It wasn't just a win they departed with, though, Jose Mourinho's men surpressed the most prolific attack in the division, one that had found the net with staggering regularity at home, to secure their third consecutive clean sheet.

Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge prompted many a fanfare but it has taken time for the Portuguese to mould his talented squad to a unit that looks well capable of challenging Arsenal and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

The Blues have now conceded just two goals in eight Premier League games, a run that included clashes with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. At the heart of the Chelsea defence are two names England fans will know only too well.

The centre-back pairing Gary Cahill and John Terry have been pivotal in Chelsea's resurgence, with Monday's display the latest example of the two working in tandem to restrict a potent attacking line and keep Chelsea in title contention, despite what their boss may have to say about their Premier League hopes.

Paddy Power now make Terry a 3/1 (4.0) chance to be included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Brazil this summer. The Chelsea man was 20/1 (21.0) to make the squad the day after the Three Lions sealed thier qualification for Brazil.

Terry's retirement from the national team in 2012 came after the 33-year-old claimed his position with England became "untenable" due to the Football Association's (FA) decision to persue charges against him in relation to the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand.

There has been change at the top of the FA since then, with Greg Dyke taking over from David Bernstein as chairman but questions remain over whether the two sides could reconcile their differeces.

England are 25/1 (26.0) to win the World Cup in Brazil, 4/7 (1.57) to qualify for the knockout stages and 7/4 (2.75) to win their first group game against Italy in Manaus on 14th June.

Terry played every minute of England's four Euro 2012 matches under Hogdson in Poland and Ukraine, so perhaps the question is not whether the former Liverpool boss would welcome Terry back into his plans, more an issue of whether or not the FA would allow it to happen and if Terry himself would consider returning to international duty?

One thing is for sure, while Terry continues to demonstrate how effective he and Cahill can be as a partnership, the pressure will mount on whether the 33-year-old could make a sensational return to international action this summer.

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Jim Knight is Chief Betting Editor at and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast;259814291;84051976;u?