Terry decides to quit playing for England
JOHN Terry last night quit England less than 24 hours before the Football Association hearing into the Anton Ferdinand saga was expected to begin.
Chelsea captain Terry, pictured, 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.
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"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.
"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."
It is understood the hearing into claims Terry used a racist slur against QPR defender Ferdinand was scheduled to begin today.
Terry denies the charge and has 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.