(FULL DETAIL) England defender John Terry retires from international football

On the eve of his FA hearing over accusations of using racist language towards
Anton Ferdinand, the former Three Lions captain has ended his career for the
national side.

Chelsea captain John Terry has retired from internation football with England, with
immediate effect, stating that the FA have made his position in the team "untenable"

The 31-year-old defender is set to begin a personal hearing on Monday to deny that he
used "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" against Anton Ferdinand in the
match against QPR last October.
Terry has been cleared of a charge in a court of law, but faces the FA's panel and has
decided to curtail his international career.
"I feel The FA, have made my position with the national team untenable," Terry said in a
"Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a
truly great honour.
"I have always given my all & it breaks my heart to make this decision. I wish Roy and the
team every success for the future."
"I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps.
"I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I've played with.
"I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement
during my international career.
Terry made 78 appearances for the national team since making his debut in 2003 against
Serbia and Montenegro, and first captained the side in a World Cup qualifier against
The Chelsea captain indicated that he is still willing to play for the Blues in club football.
He added: "I now look forward to playing for Chelsea FC, and challenging for domestic and
European honours, and I want to thank the fans and the club for their continued support." ::

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