By MARK IRWIN
ROY HODGSON will dodge a potential John Terry bust-up by leaving him out of his next England squad.
The Chelsea captain shocked the FA by declaring he is ready to come out of international retirement — seven months after withdrawing.
But Hodgson believes he has enough central defenders for the forthcoming friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
And he thinks it would be best for all concerned to put Terry’s potential return on hold until next season.
Terry’s change of heart was prompted by the lack of centre-halves for the World Cup qualifiers in San Marino and Montenegro.
But Phil Jagielka, Michael Dawson and Gary Cahill have all recovered from the injuries that ruled them out last month.
Terry’s presence in the England squad has been tearing football apart since he was accused of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand back in October 2011.
And Hodgson knows a recall is certain to open up a lot of old wounds.
Hodgson is still mulling over whether to include Rio Ferdinand in next month’s squad after he turned down his last call-up.
Having Ferdinand and Terry back together would be an explosive mixture.
And Hodgson believes it is a problem he does not need to address until the new FA chairman Greg Dyke takes charge in July.
The change of heart by Terry, 32, coincides with the imminent retirement of FA chief David Bernstein, who stripped him of the captaincy. Terry also blames him for upholding the disrepute charge after he had been cleared in court of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.