England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted the Three Lions still miss the commanding figure of Chelsea defender John Terry.
Terry has been off the international scene since retiring in the wake of his race row with Anton Ferdinand in 2012.
Hodgson has since tried to find a successor to play as a left-sided central defender but has found it tough to source a replacement at the same standard as Terry.
The England boss insists the Chelsea captain has not figured in his thinking when it comes to selecting his England squad but believes he would still earn a place on the plane to France for Euro 2016 were he still active.
Hodgson said: Â“Because he retired so long ago he doesn’t feature in my thinking too often but I can’t deny that is a valid point. He is a left-sided centre-half.
“There are, in my opinion, no left-sided centre-backs who are English and playing in the Premier League who are at least at the level of the ones we are choosing. That’s a fact of life and there is not much we can do about it.
“We haven’t got the left-sided one but there is nothing I can do about that unless suddenly in the next five weeks some brilliant English left-sided centre-back appears on the scene, and I don’t anticipate that.”