John Terry quits England ahead of FA racism hearing

Terry quits England! Former captain accuses FA of making his position 'untenable' ahead of racism hearing

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20:25 GMT, 23 September 2012

John Terry has retired from international football with immediate effect.

The Chelsea defender's FA hearing for allegedly racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand takes place on Monday but – as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail – Terry has pre-empted the verdict by calling time on his 78-cap England career.

In a statement released on Sunday night Terry accused the FA of making his position 'untenable'.

Flashpoint: The John Terry and Anton Ferdinand racism case is due to reach its conclusion this week

Flashpoint: The John Terry and Anton Ferdinand racism case is due to reach its conclusion this week

'I am today announcing my retirement from international football,' the statement read.

'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.

'Untenable': Terry criticised the FA in a statement

'Untenable': Terry criticised the FA in a statement

'Untenable': Terry criticised the FA 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 [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.

Busy summer: Terry attends his court case (above) a month on from playing for England at Euro 2012 (below)

Busy summer: Terry attends his court case (above) a month on from playing for England at Euro 2012 (below)

Busy summer: Terry attends his court case (above) a month on from playing for England at Euro 2012 (below)

'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.'

Terry made his England debut back in 2003 and was twice stripped of the captaincy for off-field reasons.

The
31-year-old's decision leaves England manager Roy Hodgson with a
selection headache heading into next month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Snub: Ferdinand refuses to shake Terry's hand in the recent meeting between Chelsea and QPR

Snub: Ferdinand refuses to shake Terry's hand in the recent meeting between Chelsea and QPR

JOHN TERRY FACTFILE

1980: December 7 – born in London.

1998: October 28 – Makes Chelsea debut against Aston Villa.

2001: September – One of four players fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea after their behaviour at a Heathrow hotel is criticised on the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2002: Terry and Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris are cleared after being charged with assault and affray in connection with a nightclub incident. Terry, uncapped at the time, is ruled out of the World Cup after the Football Association decide he should not be considered for international duty with England until the legal case is completed.

2003: June 3 – Makes England debut as substitute against Serbia and Montenegro.

2006: August 10 – Chosen to replace David Beckham as England captain by head coach Steve McClaren.

2008: August 19 – Named as permanent captain of England by Fabio Capello.

2009: December 20 – Chelsea defend Terry after allegations he took secret cash payments to lay on a behind-the-scenes tour of the club's training ground.

2010: January 29: Named as the sportsman behind a gagging injunction involving his private life. A court order had previously been in place, covering an alleged relationship between married Terry and French model Vanessa Perroncel – a former partner of team-mate Wayne Bridge.

February 5 – Axed as England captain following a meeting with Capello.

2011: March 19 – Restored to the role of permanent England captain by Capello.

October 23 – Releases a statement denying he made a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR after videos had circulated on the internet.

December 21 – The Crown Prosecution Service announce Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and is due to appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012.

2012: February 3 – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello.

February 8 – Capello resigns as England manager two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

July 13 – Cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's match against QPR in October last year.

July 27 – Charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Ferdinand. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.

September 23 – Announces his retirement from international football, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.