Antonio Conte insists he holds no influence over John Terry’s international future after the Chelsea captain was linked with a return to England duty.
Terry has not featured for his country since retiring from international duty in 2012, but a combination of his own form and a lack of alternatives at centre-back has seen the veteran defender linked with a potential call-up to Sam Allardyce’s squad.
The former Sunderland boss is preparing to name his first England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on September 4.
Allardyce has indicated that he may speak to Terry over the possibility of a return to the England set-up and Conte insists the matter remains solely between the two Englishmen.
“I’m a former international team coach so I know this situation and prefer it to be solved between Sam Allardyce and John Terry. That’s the right way,” former Italy boss Conte said.
John Terry has a great attitude during training and is working very hard. I’m very happy with his commitment. But for the international team, it is very important for it to be solved between Sam Allardyce and John Terry.”
The Chelsea captain retired from international football in September 2012, four days before he was suspended for four matches by the Football Association for misconduct following an incident during a match against Queens Park Rangers.
He won the last of his 78 caps in England’s 5-0 win over Moldova, and was not considered for the national side during Roy Hodgson’s time in charge.