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Hodgson disappointed by Terry retirement

Roy Hodgson has expressed his disappointment at John Terry's decision to retire from international football and said he had "reluctantly" accepted it.

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Terry announced his decision on Sunday night, less than 24 hours before his Football Association disciplinary hearing on a racism charge. He said the FA's decision to charge him after he had been cleared in court earlier this summer had made his position with the international team "untenable".

Hodgson, who selected Terry in his Euro 2012 squad at a time when the court case was pending, said: "I'd like to thank John Terry for his commitment to the England team since I became manager.

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

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

"I can also confirm that he had the courtesy to call me prior to the announcement of his retirement from the England team. I'd like to wish John well for the future with Chelsea.''

In his statement, Terry said: "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."

The prosecution in Terry's London court case had been unable to prove that he had called QPR's Anton Ferdinand a "f****** black c***'' as an insult during a match at Loftus Road in October. He claimed to have been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

If the panel finds Terry guilty of having used racist language during the QPR v Chelsea match on October 23, he could face a lengthy ban from domestic football.


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