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England coach Hodgson backing Chelsea skipper Terry

England coach Roy Hodgson hopes Chelsea captain John Terry is cleared by the FA over their investigation into his clash with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

In Berne on Tuesday evening though, he went further, leaving him open to the accusation of influencing the entire Football Association disciplinary process.

"I'm not prepared to discuss John," said Hodgson initially. "It's a matter which is really, as far as I am concerned, working for the FA, sub judice.

"Everything I say can be misinterpreted.

"As far as I am concerned he has a case to answer with the FA and I'll wait and see what happens."

Asked about his previous comments in an interview with Sky Sports News last Friday, Hodgson went on: "I'm hoping, and I make no secret of that, the case will take its course, that John, hopefully, will be freed as he was freed in a court of law, and will carry on playing for England.

"That's my hope. What will happen, I have no idea.

"As a member of the FA, it's a sub judice situation and I'm not prepared to say any more.

"I thought John did well in the Euros and I'd like to keep using him, but this is a case which is way out of my hands. John understands that.

"All I can do like many of his supporters, I suppose, is just hope he gets freed and can continue to play."

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