The manager of the England national football team, Roy Hodgson, will announce England’s 23 member squad for the World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine on the upcoming Thursday and Hodgson has made it quite clear that he will include the former captain John Terry in that squad.

John Terry was rested for the friendly match against Italy and there have been speculations that he might not be a part of the England squad for the world cup qualifying matches as well. But, Hodgson’s said that Terry is an experienced player and the team needs his services for the World Cup qualifying matches.

In the last season, Terry was accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. A court case was also filed against him. Due to that, Terry was removed as England’s captain by the English Football Association (FA).

However, Terry wasn’t proved guilty in the court. On being asked about that incident, Hodgson said that he doesn’t want to comment on that incident because he was not present on the field at that time. As per Hodgson, Terry is mentally very strong and that incident would not affect his performance in the future.

He would have put that incident out of his mind by now. On being asked about the superstar Wayne Rooney, Hodgson said that Rooney is a great player. He wasn’t able to perform up to his abilities in the Euro Cup, but, he would be a very important player for the team in the World Cup qualifying matches.

On being asked about the reason for resting Rooney and Terry in the friendly match against Italy, Hodgson said that he wanted to have a look at some young guys in that match. As per Hodgson, that was a friendly match, so, you can test the young players in that match. But, the team needs the experienced players for the world Cup qualifying matches.