John Terry has announced his retirement from international football.
The Chelsea defender made the announcement on the eve of his FA disciplinary hearing following the racist row that erupted with Anton Ferdinand back in October 2011.
Terry, who won the first of his 78 caps in 2003, was cleared of any wrong doings in the court of law and but could still face disciplinary action from the FA.
“I am today announcing my retirement from international football,” said a statement issued by Terry. “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. 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.
“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.”
The news will come as a blow to Roy Hodgson who has stood by the defender since his appointment and selected Terry for his Euro 2012 squad and the recent qualifiers with Moldova and the Ukraine