Terry quits international football

John Terry tonight sensationally quit England less than 24 hours before the Football Association hearing into the Anton Ferdinand saga was expected to begin.

Chelsea captain Terry announced his immediate retirement from international football, accusing the FA of making his position “untenable”.

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.”

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

20,000 Liverpool fans sign petition to remove 'disgraceful' Michael Owen as ambassador

Patrice Evra celebrated his call up to Michael Carrick's testimonial with an innovative Beyonce cover

Munster keen to stage European game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Cork football legend Billy Morgan accepts it might be time for an outside manager


Today's Stories

Cork Con still reaping the rewards for great season

Honesty best policy for Ernie Els

Roy Keane pleased with James McClean

Eamonn Ryan patiently waiting for Cork’s lightbulb moment

Lifestyle

My life in colour - Anne Madden on artistic success and a life in France and Ireland

Ask Audrey - 'There is no such thing as a Kerry man with only small amounts of perspiration'

DNA testing to determine your family history can provide some surprising results

Stay protected this summer with the latest sunscreens

More From The Irish Examiner