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Sun Apr 20 21:11:08 SAST 2014

John Terry bows out for England

TEAMtalk Media | 24 September, 2012 10:470 Comments
John Terry of England clears an effort from Marko Devic of Ukraine off the line during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine in this file photo.
Image by: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Former England captain John Terry has retired from international football, stating that the FA have "made my position untenable".

Terry's decision comes after it was confirmed he would face a four-man independent FA disciplinary panel on Monday with relation to the alleged racial comments he directed at QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea skipper was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in July of racially abusing Ferdinand.

"I am today announcing my retirement from international football," said the 31-year-old defender.

"I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps. 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.

"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 and it breaks my heart to make this decision. I want to wish Roy [Hodgson] and the team every success for the future.

"I am making this statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable.

"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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