Terry ruled out of France friendly

Terry missed Chelsea’s 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland on Sunday

after suffering a nerve problem in training that is leading to pain

in a gluteal muscle and hamstring. And after the game Ancelotti

said the defender would not be fit to play at Wembley, although he

hopes to have him back for next Saturday’s trip to Birmingham.

“Terry trained yesterday but, at the end of the training session,

he had pain on his nerve in his hamstring and we had the test this

morning,” Ancelotti said. “He was not able to play today. I don’t

think he will be able to play for the national team. He is out of

the squad. “I don’t know if he has to report, we will wait to hear

from them. “He has had control of this problem. He never missed a

training session but yesterday the pain was more, so he was not

able to play. “But I think he can play the next game. It is an

injury, but he can control it. He has controlled it for 12 games.

“He’s doing good prevention, good treatment. Everything will be

okay for him.” England boss Fabio Capello has plenty of cover in

central defence with Everton’s Phil Jagielka having impressed in

his recent international outings. Other injury doubts are Andy

Carroll and Gabriel Agbonlahor, who both picked up injuries playing

for their clubs on Saturday. Carroll will be assessed by England’s

medical staff on Sunday evening, with a groin injury threatening to

ruin his chances of making his international debut against France.

The 21-year-old Newcastle striker received his maiden call-up to

Capello’s squad, but his involvement could now be limited to less

than a day after the injury he picked up in Saturday’s 0-0 draw

with Fulham. His club confirmed on their official website the

player is to report for duty, where he will be looked at by the

England team doctors. West Ham striker Carlton Cole has already

been called up as cover for Carroll and Aston Villa’s Agbonlahor,

who is also struggling with a knock picked up against Manchester

United. Cole joins Carroll, Agbonlahor, Cardiff’s Jay Bothroyd and

Tottenham’s Peter Crouch as the forwards in Capello’s squad, with

the Italian light on options with Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and

Darren Bent all out injured. Carroll’s selection was expected after

a fine start to the season, but it was only possible after it was

approved by Club England managing director Adrian Bevington. The

Gateshead-born player is currently on bail after being charged with

assault, but Capello had decided his seven goals this season

indicated more than a modicum of potential. “Everybody makes

mistakes when they are young,” Capello said after picking his

squad. “It is very important for him to be in the seniors because

we have a lot of important players who can stay with him and speak

with him about what happens outside the pitch. That is important.

“Carroll is a really interesting player. He is good in the air, has

good movement without the ball and finds space. Technically he is

very good and he is a fighter.” Capello witnessed Carroll, who has

won many plaudits with his all-action style of play, score one of

his seven goals in last Sunday’s 1-0 win at Arsenal. If he is

unable to call on him and Agbonlahor, he will be reliant on Crouch

– who yesterday scored his first league goal since May – the

uncapped Bothroyd who has scored 15 Championship goals this term –

and Cole, who has one goal to his name this season.