Former England captain John Terry has retired from international football with immediate effect.

The Chelsea defender's FA hearing for allegedly racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand will take place on Monday, but Terry has apparently preempted the decision of the tribunal.

In a statement made via his management company, Terry said: "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 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."

Players and fans expressed a mixed reaction to the news, many suggesting the move had been a sensible one.


Gary Lineker
Whatever you think about John Terry, he always gave his absolute all on the field for England. A strong leader and great defender.


Emmanuel Eboue
Mr Terry resigns from International football . Good footballer but a lot of moral questions over his head . Good luck john


Jr
John Terry disappears from the international scene, five years after his ability and ten years after his credibility.

Terry has always denied the racism charge and vowed to clear his name once and for all after being found not guilty of a racially-aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates Court in July.

A guilty verdict over what is a similar offence under FA rules would have put pressure on the game's governing body to prevent Terry playing for England, having already stripped him of the England captaincy while he awaited trial.

But the defender took that decision out of their hands tonight, ending his nine-year international career himself.

Terry made his England debut in 2003 as a substitute against Serbia and Montenegro.

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He was named permanent captain in 2008 by Fabio Capello but was then stripped of the role in February 2010 following allegations over an affair with French model Vanessa Perroncel - a former partner of England team-mate Wayne Bridge.

He regained the armband in March 2011 but lost it once more in February. The decision was then taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello - a decision which prompted the Italian to resign.

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