Football

Terry rules out England return

John Terry's emotions were stirred on hearing the national anthem at Wembley but the Chelsea captain has no plans to reconsider his retirement from England duty.

The 34-year-old (above) scored his first major final goal in a 2-0 win over Tottenham before lifting the League Cup yesterday morning (Singapore time).

He retired from England duty in 2012 after being stripped of the captaincy in the wake of the Anton Ferdinand affair, but is still considered by many to be England's leading defender.

"I have missed it, playing in these big stadiums and in these competitions and I'm delighted to get back to Wembley," Terry said. "They started playing the national anthem before the game and I was going then."

Asked if he was considering an England return, Terry, who earned 78 caps, added: "No. It's the simple answer, I don't want to go into it right now.

"I have drawn a line under it and the England squad can move on now."

Chelsea's success also showed the club in a positive light following last month's events in Paris, where five supporters were suspended by the club following a racist incident on the French capital's Metro ahead of the Champions League tie at Paris St Germain.

Terry lifted the 2005 League Cup under Jose Mourinho, a success which was the springboard for many more wins, including Chelsea's first championship in 50 years later that same season.

The Blues skipper hopes Mourinho's third League Cup - and first trophy of his second spell - can be the catalyst for another trophy haul, with a first Premier League title in five years now the focus.

"It gives us a taste and some of the younger players in the squad as well, inspire them to go on and win more for the football club in years to come," said Terry.

- PA Sport.