Monday 24 September 2012

John Terry retires from England duty

Chelsea captain retires from international duty after nine years playing for England

Chelsea skipper John Terry in action for England against Italy in UEFA Euro 2012

Chelsea has announced that their captain John Terry has retired from playing for England.

The 31-year-old made his debut for England in 2003, coming on as a substitute for Gareth Southgate in the friendly against Serbia & Montenegro. He went on to win a total of 78 caps for his country, leading England 34 times, and played in four major international tournaments - UEFA Euro 2004 and 2012 and FIFA World Cup 2006 and 2010.

"I now look forward to playing for Chelsea and challenging for domestic and European honours"
John Terry

Terry scored six international goals and in 2007 became the first senior England player to score an international goal at the new Wembley Stadium with a header against Brazil.

"I want to wish [England manager] Roy [Hodgson] and the team every success for the future," said Terry. "I now look forward to playing for Chelsea and challenging for domestic and European honours, and I want to thank the fans and the club for their continued support."

Terry’s last appearance for England was in the 5-0 victory over Moldova in FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying earlier this month.

England’s next match is at home to San Marino on 12th October.

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