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'Heartbroken' Terry ends 'untenable' Lions career

JOHN TERRY will today go head to head with the English Football Association after taking the "heart-breaking" decision to end his England career.

Terry is facing an improper conduct charge, the final instalment of his spat with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October.

If he was found guilty, most thought he could never play for England again.

However, in a shock move last night, Terry took the matter out of English FA hands by ending one of the most controversial England careers of all time on 78 caps.

"I am today announcing my retirement from international football," said Terry in a statement.

"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.

"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."



Embarrassing

The move is a major blow to manager Roy Hodgson, as well as being somewhat embarrassing as he had continued to stand by Terry throughout the racism storm.

Hodgson selected Terry for Euro 2012 prior to a court case, at which the 31-year-old was found not guilty.

He then chose him for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine even though the FA had continued their own action against him.

The FA's case was due to start today, triggering Terry's decision to end his England career.

His delegation will be led by George Carter-Stephenson QC - who successfully defended Terry in court - and are said to be ready to argue his acquittal in a criminal trial means the FA case cannot proceed.

The FA will doubtless insist their charge against Terry is distinct from the racially-aggravated public order offence from which he was cleared in July.


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