I don’t think John Terry is going to be going to the Euros. This week the Guardian’s Paul Wilson, the Sunday Times’ Jonathan Northcroft and the Evening Standard’s Patrick Barclay have all written columns explaining how they wouldn’t take Terry to the tournament.
I don’t know about Wilson, but Northcroft and Barclay know Hodgson well and would be on his list for any ‘off the record but write something about this’ briefings.
It makes a lot of sense. Plant the seed early so that when it happens the influential journalists can explain why this was, explain that they’d already written about this, and help shape overall opinion that this move is “a good thing”.
Just a theory but I’d perhaps put some money on it were such an avenue available to me.
In other news, what a masterstroke to get Gary Neville into the England camp! If Hodgson had a problem it was winning over young men who weren’t going to listen to this pensionable old man talk about the need to stand not there but there when the ball’s *there*. Hodgson would not pass any “show us your medals” tests, either.
That’s all sorted in a stroke. Gary Neville will command the respect of everyone in that team, and also have the strength of character to tell Hodgson when he’s pressing the wrong button. It’s a managerial dream team in my eyes and again makes me wonder whether England aren’t going to surprise us now.