But Liverpool legend John Barnes said: "Everyone's international career comes to an end, it's not a question of being disrespectful in leaving someone out. I had 79 caps and I was left out because my time was over. You have to back the manager."
Former Tottenham boss David Pleat also told the Guardian. "Nobody has a divine right to play in the side," he said. "I think it's for footballing reasons and Roy has got four players now who can cover at centre‑back. I think a right‑footer and a left‑footer in Terry and [Joleon] Lescott is a decent combination."