Hodgson ‘reluctantly accepts’ Terry’s retirement

Updated: September 24, 2012

England manager has expressed his disappointment at John Terry’s decision to retire from international football saying, “I am disappointed to lose a player of John’s experience and exceptional ability.”

Hodgson went on to say, “I reluctantly accept his decision…I have enjoyed a good relationship with John during my time as England manager.

“He had the courtesy to call me prior to announcing his retirement,” the manager added.

Terry retired on the eve of his FA disciplinary hearing over the incident earlier this year in which he is alleged to have racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea captain thanked the supporters and managers from his time with the team but said the FA had made his position ‘untenable.’

“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,” he said in his statement.

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