English Defender, Former Captain John Terry Announces Retirement
31-Year-Old former captain of English football Team John Terry announced his retirement from the International Football. Terry's retirement decision came a day before his hearing on the Racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender- Anton Ferdinand. Terry is also the Captain for Chelsea in the premier league.
Terry debuted for England on June 2003 in match against Serbia and Montenegro. He succeeded David Beckham as the Captain of English Football team on August 2006. Terry scored 6 times for his team in his 78 appearances. He played his last match on 7th of this month against Moldova in 2014 world cup qualification match where England won the match by 5-0. Terry captained his team for 34 times in which England won 22 times, 8 matches were drawn and rest four lost.
In a statement Terry said, "Today I am announcing my retirement from international football."
"I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my International career."
"I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps."
"Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honor. I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision."
The alleged racism incident occurred on October,2011 in Chelsea Vs Queens Park Rangers match. A Video footage circulated on the internet which led to accusations that Terry called QPR Defender Ferdinand a "f*****g black c**t" and "f*****g k******d."
Terry was charged with using racist language by the Crown Prosecution Service On 21 December 2011. The incident later resulted in The Football Association (FA) stripping Terry as the Captain of English Football team on 3 February 2012.