Is John Terry really in danger of missing the Euros?
Not that it will cause too much distress amongst his many, many detractors, but John Terry is thought to be in serious danger of missing out on the England squad for Euro 2012.
It could be, nay it is almost certainly a case of pundits putting two and two together and making five, but it has been speculated that Terry’s potential to cause division within the squad, combined with a woeful showing against Liverpool on Tuesday, could see him miss out on a place in the final 23.
Terry’s poor show at Anfield is less of an issue – that could probably be attributed to over celebrating the FA Cup Final win against the same opposition at the weekend – but new manager Roy Hodgson is thought to harbour major concerns about the effect Terry’s presence could have on the rest of the squad and primarily his potential central defensive partner, Rio Ferdinand.
Terry, of course, is due in court in July after allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton late last year, a case that was conveniently delayed until after the Euros.
Hodgson has revealed his intention to speak to both players about the issue, as although Ferdinand has not made any public comment about the case, rumours had surfaced that he was going to refuse to shake Terry’s hand prior United’s clash with Chelsea earlier this year before Terry was ruled out through injury.
A report in The Daily Mail suggests that should Hodgson decide to axe one of the two players, he would lean towards Terry because of the rest of the squad’s perception of the ex-skipper.
It also suggests that Terry is aggrieved at the FA because of their decision to strip him of the captaincy in the aftermath of the Ferdinand case, despite the fact that he has not been found guilty.
Whether Terry does end up going or not, it certainly hasn’t been a good few weeks for the Chelsea skipper, who was sent off in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in the Nou Camp and subsequently ruled out of the final later this month.
He did captain Chelsea to the FA Cup Final victory over Liverpool at the weekend, but was then made to look like a mug by a Liverpool side that previously couldn’t buy a goal at home but went to town on the Blues last night.
We won’t know Terry's fate for sure until Hodgson names his squad next Wednesday, so expect plenty more gossip, salacious speculation and downright lies to emerge between now and then.