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John Terry Announces Retirement From England National Team: Blues Captain Quits Prior to FA Hearing

Stamford Bridge man will no longer play for his country.

Former England captain John Terry has retired from international football just hours before a Football Association hearing into claims he racially abused an opponent was due to begin.

In a statement, he said: “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.” (Sky News)

So this came out of the blue.

The FA were always likely to open a disciplinary procedure against John Terry regardless of how the Chelsea man’s criminal case fared so this decision is something of a surprise, as is the timing, literally hours before the hearing.

John Terry may well still be handed a lengthy ban for the alleged abuse he meted out to QPR centre back Anton Ferdinand, regardless of the Blues captain being found not guilty in a court of law, mainly because the burden of proof needed to find the player guilty is less substantial than in a criminal case.

The 32 year old won his first cap in June 2003 and he has amassed 78 caps and scored six goals in the process.

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