Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes England’s international troubles will continue with immediate effect following the international retirement of John Terry earlier this week and feels that even the road to qualification for the 2014 World Cup will be a difficult one.
The Three Lions picked up four out of a possible six points from their opening two qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, which followed a friendly win over Italy that did not feature Terry.
However, the Chelsea captain – who was one of England’s most impressive performers in this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament – left a sudden void in his nation’s defense with his shocking decision to quit the team.
Terry’s rationale was clear: the FA’s continued internal investigation into the incident involving his alleged racial abuse of QPR’s Anton Ferdinand last year made his future with England “untenable” as the court of law had already declared him not guilty.
Villas-Boas, who was the Blues’ manager on that infamous October day when nine-men Chelsea fell 1-0 at Loftus Road, has avoided commenting directly on the situation but suggested that Terry – who was handed a four match domestic ban on Thursday – will be sorely missed in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
“Terry is a player of unbelievable talent and he has done so much for his country and for Chelsea too,” said Villas-Boas, who was rumored to have fallen out with the Blues skipper during his last days at Stamford Bridge.
The manager added: “From the perspective of the England squad and qualification for the World Cup, it leaves Hodgson in a difficult position looking towards qualification.”
While Terry’s retirement will undoubtedly hurt England, his suspension will also be detrimental to Chelsea’s pursuit of maintaining their position at the Premier League summit.