Monday, September 24, 2012

ROY HODGSON DISAPPOINTED WITH JOHN TERRY'S RETIREMENT


England manager Roy Hodgson says he is "disappointed" to learn of John Terry's international retirement but "reluctantly" accepts his decision.


Centre-half Terry played in all four of England's matches at Euro 2012 and featured in the World Cup qualifying win over Moldova this month. 

But he claims his place in the England team is now "untenable" following the Football Association's decision to "pursue charges" against him despite being cleared in court of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

"I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John's international experience and exceptional ability," said Hodgson.

"I have enjoyed a good relationship with John during my time as England manager and I reluctantly accept his decision.

"He had the courtesy to call me prior to announcing his retirement." 

Terry retired from international football on Sunday, on the eve of a FA hearing into allegations that he used "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" towards QPR defender Ferdinand in a Premier League game 11 months ago.

In his statement he added: ‘I now look forward to playing for Chelsea, and I want to thank the fans and the club for their continued support.

'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.’

The 31-year-old Chelsea centre-half had already been cleared at a high-profile court case at Westminster Magistrates' Court, but the FA decided to hold its own inquiry.  

His England career lasted nine years, and he won the first of his 78 caps in a friendly against Hungary in June 2003.

Terry had two separate spells as captain of the national side. He was first appointed David Beckham’s successor in 2006 but in 2010 was replaced following the storm around his alleged affair with team-mate Wayne Bridge’s then girlfriend.

Former England manager Fabio Capello re-appointed him as skipper in March last year but the FA relieved him of the duty this February after the Ferdinand incident, a decision which led to the departure of Capello.

Terry's last appearance for England came on 7 September, when he played in a 5-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Moldova. 

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