Antonio Conte has said only John Terry and Sam Allardyce can decide whether the Chelsea captain should end his self-imposed England exile.
Terry retired from international football in 2012 but Allardyce, who names his first England squad on Sunday, has indicated he may speak with the 35-year-old defender over the possibility of a return.
“I’m a former international team coach so I know this situation and prefer it to be solved between Sam Allardyce and John Terry. That’s the right way,” former Italy boss Conte said.
“John Terry has a great attitude during training and is working very hard. I’m very happy with his commitment.
“But for the international team, it is important for it to be solved between Sam Allardyce and John Terry.”
Conte was speaking after a 3-2 victory over Bristol Rovers at Stamford Bridge that booked Chelsea’s passage into the third round of the EFL Cup.
Ola Aina limped off in the second half and was replaced by Terry and Conte, who is hoping to sign another defender before the transfer window closes, is concerned that his resources could be stretched ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley.
“I hope the injury to Aina is not serious because if it is we will only have four defenders for Burnley. I’m a bit worried,” Conte said.