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Goodbye, three Lions!

Former England captain John Terry dramatically quit international football on Sunday, fewer than 24 hours before a Football Association hearing into allegations he racially abused Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand.

Chelsea skipper Terry, 31, said the FA had made his position ‘untenable’ after he had already been cleared of criminal charges emanating from the controversy which rocked the game last October.

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

‘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,’ added Terry who made his England debut in 2003.

‘I want to wish Roy (Hodgson, the England manager) 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.’ Chelsea face Wolves in Carling Cup encounter on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.   
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