Search

John Terry announces international retirement ahead of FA hearing

20:44 23 September 2012

John Terry has retired from international football. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

John Terry has retired from international football. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chelsea captain John Terry has announced his retirement from international football.

The news comes on the eve of an FA hearing into alleged racist abuse towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand - one that he was cleared of in a court of law. The centre back denies the charge.

The 31-year-old said in a statement: “I am today announcing my retirement from international football.

“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.

“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.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Islington BC's Cherrelle Brown with coaches Lenny Hagland (left) and Winston Worrell

Islington BC light-welterweight Cherrelle Brown hopes she has given her international prospects a boost after clinching her second national title in Liverpool on Sunday.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Nick Gubbins batting for Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Sam Robson is confident of forging a strong alliance with Nick Gubbins as Middlesex get used to life without talismanic opener Chris Rogers.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
London Blitz defensive back Dave Jennison makes a tackle against Bristol Aztecs. Pic: Phil Rocker

Assistant coach Damian Anderson believes London Blitz will be able to gauge their prospects of European success from Saturday’s home clash with Aix-en-Provence Argonautes.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Niva-Unistream (yellow) celebrate Greg Moorse's opening goal in the Dickie Davies Cup Semi-Final against Mustard. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Niva-Unistream were left disappointed for the second week running, after they were edged out 3-2 by Mustard in the Dickie Davies Cup semi-finals.

Most read sport

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder